Review Article

Health resources for South Africa: A scoping review

Michelle Pascoe, Olebeng Mahura, Jessica Dean
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 25 | a1378 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v25i0.1378 | © 2020 Michelle Pascoe, Olebeng Mahura, Jessica Dean | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 November 2019 | Published: 29 July 2020

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Michelle Pascoe, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences/Child Language Africa, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Olebeng Mahura, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences/Child Language Africa, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Jessica Dean, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences/Child Language Africa, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: Healthcare is more effective when people are treated in their own language with respect for their culture. However, information about the availability and nature of health resources is fragmented and studies suggest few assessments, screening tools, or other health resources in many of South Africa’s languages.

Aim: This scoping review identified health resources written in the eleven official languages of South Africa for health professionals to use for patient assessment and management.

Meth ods: Databases were searched and information about resources collated and analysed.

Results: Two-hundred-and-fifty two unique resources were found (444 items, if different language versions of the same resource were counted separately). All official languages were represented. The most widely used (excluding English) were Afrikaans (118 resources), IsiXhosa (80) and IsiZulu (55).

Conclusion: Development of more health resources and critical evaluation of their validity and reliability remain important. This study contributes a preliminary database for South African health professionals, ultimately promoting improved service delivery.


Keywords

languages; cultures; healthcare; resources; cross-cultural

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