Agnes van Dyk

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The aim of the study was to determine the quality of nursing care regarding personal hygiene of patients admitted to a hospital in the Kavango region of Namibia. The study was prompted by repeated media reports over the radio. Commentators and listeners expressed concern over the seeming lack of adequate hygienic measures, specifically with regard to(More)
In many instances, care for the elderly, especially in long-term care institutions, is provided under minimal supervision by caregivers who are lay people. This can lead to poor quality care or neglect of the elderly. The research question was: “How competent are lay caregivers for the elderly in old age homes, who often lack the opportunity for training to(More)
An assessment was done during 1991 to evaluate the quality of care with regard to mouth hygiene rendered to patients in a teaching hospital in Namibia. The sample was drawn from nine wards. By means of a type of quota sampling, the patients were categorised as dependent, interdependent or independent. The nursing process was used as a framework for the(More)
Talking about sexuality has never been easy in most Namibians cultures and it seems that most parents feel uncomfortable and embarrassed to talk openly with their children about sexuality. They do not participate in the sexuality education of their children, because they believe they are unable to provide quality and adequate sexuality information due to(More)
Since Namibia's Independence in 1990, the population of elders--persons 65 years old and older--in urban communities is growing steadily. As such, requests for home health care, health counselling, respite care and residential care for aging members of society are overwhelming nurses and the health care system. This study expands transcultural nursing(More)
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a major obstacle in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Mature donor T-cells present in the graft play a pivotal role in the development of acute GVHD. On the other hand, mature donor T-cells in the graft are also crucial for the elimination of residual tumor cells still present in the patient after(More)
Little is available in scholarly literature about how HIV-positive prisoners, especially in low-income countries, access antiretroviral therapy (ART) medication. We interviewed 18 prisoners at a large prison in Namibia to identify barriers to medication adherence. The lead nurse researcher was a long-standing clinic employee at the prison, which afforded(More)
Patients on intravenous infusions are commonly seen in the Windhoek Hospital Complex. There was concern regarding the type of nursing care these patients received which led to a survey on the quality of care rendered to these patients. The findings showed that care delivered ranged from very poor to good. Some startling information became evident in that(More)
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