Systematic observations were made of a small number of aid post orderlies (APOs) managing children with the common but potentially serious symptoms of cough, fever and diarrhoea. On-site performance was evaluated against recommended management guidelines set out in Dr Keith Edwards' Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Childhood Illnesses for APOs. History taking at the aid post was brief and usually non-exploratory; examination of patients was often neglected. Drug prescription was generally appropriate for the diagnosis made, but drug dosages were often incorrect and treatment principles were rarely explained to guardians. Preventive health issues were rarely tackled. Our study reaffirms the need for on-site assessment of the performance of paramedical workers, sets priority demands for continuing education of health workers, and provides a framework for competency-based problem-solving activities within this context.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Papua and New Guinea medical journal|
|State||Published - Jun 1991|
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