Doctoral Study Designs Model for Patient-Centred Care
Dr Adepeju Lateef was awarded a PhD in Nursing for her study that developed a Patient-Centred Care (PCC) model to enhance nursing care and improve the quality of primary healthcare service delivery.
Supervised by Dr Mbali Mhlongo, the study was titled, Analysis of Nurses’ Perceptions on the Utilisation of Patient-Centred Care in Selected Primary Health Care Settings in Osun state, South-west Nigeria: A Qualitative Study.
Lateef said that, despite acknowledgment of the role played by PCC in achieving universal health coverage, nurses in primary healthcare settings confront many challenges in its implementation. This motivated her to develop a PCC implementation model that equips healthcare workers with the knowledge required to provide patient-centred services at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of the healthcare system.
Lateef added that the study’s findings will contribute to the achievement of the World Health Organization’s agenda of achieving universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.
She said that, while her PhD journey was challenging, ‘I thank God for a supportive and understanding supervisor, Dr Mhlongo was always there to encourage me not to give up.’
Words: Nombuso Dlamini