Embracing standard treatment manuals: Information transfer to primary health workers in papua new guinea

Carol Davy

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Abstract

Papua New Guinean primary health care workers describe their Standard Treatment Manuals as like "a teacher" or "a doctor". This paper explores this glowing reference, looking at how Standard Treatment Manuals are utilised, through data collected in a study which identifies what influences primary health care workers in Papua New Guinea to access and utilise information for diagnostic and treatment decisions. In addition to presenting a unique perspective on this method for transferring information to health workers across the world, this paper presents an opportunity to consider some of the factors which both enable and inhibit the process of providing information to health workers in a non western culture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Technology in Health Care 2007 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Health Care
Subtitle of host publicationSocio-Technical Approaches
PublisherIOS Press
Pages23-35
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781586037772
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
Event3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Health Care: Socio-Technical Approaches, ITHC 2007 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 28 Aug 200730 Aug 2007

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume130
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Information Technology in Health Care: Socio-Technical Approaches, ITHC 2007
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period28/08/0730/08/07

Keywords

  • Developing countries
  • Health information
  • Information transfer
  • Treatment guidelines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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