Original Research

Hearing-screening record-keeping practices at primary healthcare clinics in Gauteng

Karin Joubert, Aisha Casoojee
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 60, No 1 | a7 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v60i1.7 | © 2013 Karin Joubert, Aisha Casoojee | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 February 2013 | Published: 27 November 2013

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Karin Joubert, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Aisha Casoojee, Private practice, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Objectives: As little is known about hearing screening practices at primary healthcare (PHC) clinics in South Africa, the study aimed to describe hearing-screening and record-keeping practices of nurses during typical immunisation sessions at PHC clinics in Gauteng, South Africa.

Methods: Data were obtained through observations (N2=80) and questionnaires (N1=20) which were then cross-checked with retrospective information collected from the Road-to-Health Charts and City of Johannesburg Child Health Services Blue Cards of children observed during typical immunisation sessions.

Results: A key finding of this study was that PHC nurses who participated in this study do not adhere to the hearing-screening record-keeping practices as outlined by the national Department of Health.

Conclusions: Poor record-keeping practices hinder the efficacy of hearing-screening programmes. Accurate record keeping is important in order to document outcomes which can be used to evaluate service delivery and the efficacy of hearing-screening programmes.


hearing screening; primary healthcare; record keeping; nurses


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