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Human resource capacity for information management in selected public healthcare facilities in Meru County, Kenya.

Kiilu EM, Okero DC, Muiruri L, Owuondo PA - Pan Afr Med J (2015)

Bottom Line: Analysis was done using SPSS version 20 and results were presented in tables, charts and graphs.Further, only 9.1% (11) health workers had received information management training while 90.9% (110) had not received such training.The researcher recommended that healthcare facilities management teams develop a competency based framework for defining the desired skill mix for information management and have a yearly Training Needs Assessment for assessing training needs for information management among the health workers.

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Affiliation: Meru Level Five Hospital, Githongo District Hospital, GK Prison health center & Kinoru Dispensary in Meru County, Kenya.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Reliable health information is essential for decision making in the healthcare system. Information management in Kenya was considered the weakest area under the Health Information System pillar mainly due to inadequate health workers capacity. The study therefore aimed at assessing health workers skills and current training needs for information management in the selected healthcare facilities.

Methods: Cross-section research design was adopted and both purposive sampling technique and censuses were used to establish the study participants. Analysis was done using SPSS version 20 and results were presented in tables, charts and graphs.

Results: It was established that capacity building was usually undertaken through on-job trainings i.e. 85.1% (103) health workers had on-job training on filling of data collection tools and only 10% (13) had received formal classroom training on the same. Further, only 9.1% (11) health workers had received information management training while 90.9% (110) had not received such training. Health workers demonstrated below average skills on information management i.e. only 17.4% (21) could check for data accuracy, only 16.5% (20) could compute trends from bar charts and only 16.5% (20) could transform the data they collected into meaningful information for use.

Conclusion: The researcher recommended that healthcare facilities management teams develop a competency based framework for defining the desired skill mix for information management and have a yearly Training Needs Assessment for assessing training needs for information management among the health workers.

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Mentions: Health workers skills for information management: Health workers knowledge of computer use was found to be insufficient i.e. that majority of the respondents 62 (51.2%) had knowledge on computer use while 58 (47.9%) of the respondents had no knowledge on how to use computers. Health workers were also further tested on their ability to use a computer for information management at their various work stations and the findings were a follows; majority 51 (42.1%) of the respondents rated themselves as intermediate users, 11 (9.1%) were new or inexperienced users and only 6 (5.0%) were experienced users. Further, majority of the respondents 67 (55.4%) of the respondents did not know about HIS while 52 (43%) knew about it. The respondents ability to check for data accuracy was tested and the data collected indicated that majority 28 (23.1%) of the respondents had little idea on checking for data accuracy, 26 (21.5%) were competent, 25 (20.7%) had no idea on how to check for data accuracy, 21 (17.4%) were average, and 21 (17.4%) were above average. Ability to compute trends from bar charts was also assessed i.e. (Figure 1). Respondents’ ability to use information for identifying gaps and setting targets was also assessed as shown in (Figure 2). The ability to transform data into meaningful information for use at the department level showed that majority of the respondents were unable to perform this function (Figure 3).


Human resource capacity for information management in selected public healthcare facilities in Meru County, Kenya.

Kiilu EM, Okero DC, Muiruri L, Owuondo PA - Pan Afr Med J (2015)

Ability to change data into information in Meru County, Kenya 2014
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Figure 0003: Ability to change data into information in Meru County, Kenya 2014
Mentions: Health workers skills for information management: Health workers knowledge of computer use was found to be insufficient i.e. that majority of the respondents 62 (51.2%) had knowledge on computer use while 58 (47.9%) of the respondents had no knowledge on how to use computers. Health workers were also further tested on their ability to use a computer for information management at their various work stations and the findings were a follows; majority 51 (42.1%) of the respondents rated themselves as intermediate users, 11 (9.1%) were new or inexperienced users and only 6 (5.0%) were experienced users. Further, majority of the respondents 67 (55.4%) of the respondents did not know about HIS while 52 (43%) knew about it. The respondents ability to check for data accuracy was tested and the data collected indicated that majority 28 (23.1%) of the respondents had little idea on checking for data accuracy, 26 (21.5%) were competent, 25 (20.7%) had no idea on how to check for data accuracy, 21 (17.4%) were average, and 21 (17.4%) were above average. Ability to compute trends from bar charts was also assessed i.e. (Figure 1). Respondents’ ability to use information for identifying gaps and setting targets was also assessed as shown in (Figure 2). The ability to transform data into meaningful information for use at the department level showed that majority of the respondents were unable to perform this function (Figure 3).

Bottom Line: Analysis was done using SPSS version 20 and results were presented in tables, charts and graphs.Further, only 9.1% (11) health workers had received information management training while 90.9% (110) had not received such training.The researcher recommended that healthcare facilities management teams develop a competency based framework for defining the desired skill mix for information management and have a yearly Training Needs Assessment for assessing training needs for information management among the health workers.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Meru Level Five Hospital, Githongo District Hospital, GK Prison health center & Kinoru Dispensary in Meru County, Kenya.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Reliable health information is essential for decision making in the healthcare system. Information management in Kenya was considered the weakest area under the Health Information System pillar mainly due to inadequate health workers capacity. The study therefore aimed at assessing health workers skills and current training needs for information management in the selected healthcare facilities.

Methods: Cross-section research design was adopted and both purposive sampling technique and censuses were used to establish the study participants. Analysis was done using SPSS version 20 and results were presented in tables, charts and graphs.

Results: It was established that capacity building was usually undertaken through on-job trainings i.e. 85.1% (103) health workers had on-job training on filling of data collection tools and only 10% (13) had received formal classroom training on the same. Further, only 9.1% (11) health workers had received information management training while 90.9% (110) had not received such training. Health workers demonstrated below average skills on information management i.e. only 17.4% (21) could check for data accuracy, only 16.5% (20) could compute trends from bar charts and only 16.5% (20) could transform the data they collected into meaningful information for use.

Conclusion: The researcher recommended that healthcare facilities management teams develop a competency based framework for defining the desired skill mix for information management and have a yearly Training Needs Assessment for assessing training needs for information management among the health workers.

No MeSH data available.