Annals of African Medicine

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 243--251

Supportive supervision: An effective intervention in achieving high quality malaria case management at primary health care level in Jos, Nigeria


Danjuma Ayotunde Bello1, Zuwaira Ibrahim Hassan2, Tolulope Olumide Afolaranmi1, Yetunde Olubusayo Tagurum2, Oluwabunmi Oluwayemisi Chirdan2, Ayuba I Zoakah2 
1 Department of Community Medicine, University of Jos, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Medicine, University of Jos; Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Danjuma Ayotunde Bello
Department of Community Medicine, University of Jos, Jos, Plateau State
Nigeria

Background: Supportive supervision is a form of supervision that promotes quality at all levels of health system by strengthening relationships within the system through prompt identification and resolution of problems among others. It is an effective intervention in improving health worker performance in low resource settings. Malaria is responsible for majority of outpatient consultations in Nigeria at all levels of care. Materials and Methods: This was a facility-based interventional study with pre and post-intervention phases conducted among two groups.The study subjects were selected through a multistage sampling technique and data collection was done using both semistructured interviewer administered questionnaire and supervisory checklist. Results: The mean knowledge scores of malaria within the intervention group showed an increase from 10.3 ± 1.4 at preintervention to 11.3 ± 1.5 at post-intervention (P < 0.0015). The proportion of respondents who correctly followed malaria management guidelines increased from 32.73% at first supervisory visit to 70.91% by the third supervisory visit (P < 0.001). An analysis of the supervisory checklist showed improvement in performance of healthcare workers with each supportive supervisory visit in most of the variables examined. Conclusions: This study has demonstrated that supportive supervision is a feasible and practicable tool in improving knowledge and practice of malaria case management among PHC workers.


How to cite this article:
Bello DA, Hassan ZI, Afolaranmi TO, Tagurum YO, Chirdan OO, Zoakah AI. Supportive supervision: An effective intervention in achieving high quality malaria case management at primary health care level in Jos, Nigeria.Ann Afr Med 2013;12:243-251


How to cite this URL:
Bello DA, Hassan ZI, Afolaranmi TO, Tagurum YO, Chirdan OO, Zoakah AI. Supportive supervision: An effective intervention in achieving high quality malaria case management at primary health care level in Jos, Nigeria. Ann Afr Med [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Sep 27 ];12:243-251
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