publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

A disease beyond reach: nurse perspectives on the past and present of tuberculosis control in South Africa

Justin Dixon; Michèle Tameris;
Open Access English
  • Published: 13 Dec 2018
  • Publisher: Taylor and Francis
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Although access to healthcare has improved since South Africa’s democratic transition, neoliberal reforms have had detrimental effects on clinic-community and nurse-patient relationships, undermining efforts to control tuberculosis (TB). This article focuses upon the work of nurses in three public health clinics in the Western Cape, South Africa. We explore how they experienced, made sense of and grappled with the challenges of TB control, especially patients “defaulting” on medication. Paying particular attention to confrontations between nurses and patients, we build upon previous qualitative studies that have contested popular constructions of nurses as “rude...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: humanities
free text keywords: Disease, Tuberculosis, medicine.disease, medicine, Economic growth, Health care, business.industry, business, Sociology, Neoliberalism, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Democratization, Social science
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