Improving Health Care for HIV and TB Patients Spurred PhD Graduate
Ward experiences by the Head of the Clinical Unit in the Department of Internal Medicine at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, Dr Douglas Wilson (53), enlightened him about the need to contribute towards helping improve care for patients with HIV and tuberculosis.
Wilson decided to do research for a doctoral degree which in the end revealed that tuberculosis in HIV positive adults presented significant diagnostic challenges leading to delayed or missed diagnosis, associated with substantial mortality and multidrug-resistant infection.
Wilson’s study now contributes to an improved overall understanding of diagnostic issues in HIV-positive patients with tuberculosis in South Africa.
He said he had struggled at first to balance his clinical work with his studies but soon realised that he had to set his own pace and remain focused on completing one goal at a time.
‘This is a life milestone,’ said the Zimbabwean-born Wilson after he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Sciences (Medicine).
During his free time, he collects classical music recordings and enjoys cooking stews and pasta dishes.
Wilson hopes to continue with his clinical and administrative responsibilities at Edendale Hospital, and is looking forward to being involved in ongoing collaborative research projects.
Word: Lihle Sosibo
Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan