Petra Bester

Petra Bester
North-West University | NWU · Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research

PhD

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Due to the cultural diversity in South Africa, midwives are challenged to provide culturally competent, congruent, and sensitive maternal care. Using a qualitative descriptive design, this study aimed to explore and describe the experiences of midwives providing culturally competent care to women receiving maternal care within overburdened public h...
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Background Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are increasing at an alarming rate among the South African population. This study aimed to determine the prognostic value of modifiable CVD risk factors for fatal and non-fatal events to inform cardiovascular health promotion practices in the South African public health system. Methods Data was collected f...
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Background: South Africa's progress towards forming a health promotion workforce lags behind the health promotion career opportunities and professional standards guided by the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA), from which South Africa can learn valuable lessons. Problem statement: Despite the existence of a national health promotion...
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Objective The primary aim of this study was to portray the level of spread and the dynamic of diffusion of mobile phone technology in sub-Saharan Africa during the last two decades. The secondary aim was to investigate factors related to the use of mobile phone technology in sub-Saharan Africa and to derive profiles of the most suitable areas to co...
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Physical Activity (PA) is a public health concern and has been listed as the fourth primary risk feature for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Physical inactivity has been understood as one of the wicked problems of the 21 st century. The worldwide load of illnesses connected with physical inactivity is significant. This paper, from a viewpoint, di...
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Background: Integrating the use of information communication technology (ICT) in nursing curricula when preparing student nurses for the digital health future such as the sudden online learning as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is vital. However, when student nurses in a South African private nursing education institu...
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The myths surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines have prompted scientists to refocus their attention on vaccine hesitancy, which is fuelled by the spread of misinformation. The scientific investigation of behavioural concepts relating to vaccine hesitancy can be enhanced by the examination of behavioural concepts from the field of...
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Various researchers have explored the use of health information systems (HISs) in the public sector in South Africa, including users’ experiences thereof. However, there is limited research relating to the private health sector. Nurses form the majority of the health workforce and are therefore essential for capturing clinical data into an HIS. The...
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Background: Nurse managers are central to conflict management and a healthy work environment. South Africa is one of the most diverse countries globally and workplace diversity is a reality in healthcare organisations. There is a gap in academic literature on conflict management by nurse managers in diverse workplaces in South Africa. Aim: This res...
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Objective The present study aimed to give an overall view of the pattern of high-dose vitamin A supplementation (VAS) coverage in twenty-three sub-Saharan African countries and factors associated with receipt of VAS among children aged 6–59 months. Design Cross-sectional data from the twenty-three Demographic and Health Surveys conducted from 2011...
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Fragmented connectivity in South Africa is the dominant barrier for digitising initiatives. New insights surfaced when a university-based nursing programme introduced tablets within a supportive network learning environment. A qualitative, explorative design investigated adult nurses' experiences of the realities when moving from paper-based learni...
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An interactive e-guide was implemented and annually revised since 2013, within a compulsory undergraduate, multidisciplinary health module. This presentation will share the findings with regards to undergraduate students' perceptions of the enabling and hindering factors of the electronic study guide to reach their module outcomes. Multiple methods...
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Interrupted internet connection experienced in parts of South Africa poses challenges. In order to sustain the online learning environment for the students enrolling in a Transdisciplinary Health Promotion Master’s programme, an off-line version of this online learning environment was needed. We set out to develop, implement and evaluate an online...
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This article was inspired by our awareness of an increasing number of voice students and professional singers who specialize in Western art music and who present with symptoms relating to gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). In our attempts to understand this phenomenon, we began questioning the relationship between diaphragmatic-intercostal br...
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Background: Within South Africa the Psychiatric Nursing Science curriculum in undergraduate Baccalaureate nursing education utilizes home visits as a service-learning opportunity. In this context faith communities are currently unexplored with regards to service-learning opportunities. With limited literature available on this topic, the question...
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To describe the practice environment, job satisfaction and burnout of critical-care nurses (CCNs) in South Africa (SA) and the relationship between these variables. CCNs are more sensitive to job satisfaction and burnout, and several studies have been published on the relationship between these variables. However, the research that was undertaken d...
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The increase in HIV/AIDS raises international concern. Statistics indicate that South Africa has the fastest increasing HIV-infection rate in the world. Opsomming Die toename in MIV/VIGS wek internasionale kommer. Statistiek toon dat Suid-Afrika die snelstygendste MIVbesmettingskoers ter wêreld het. *Please note: This is a reduced version of the...
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The transformation from an industrial to a knowledge age has brought about a fast-changing world-focus and a competitive economy. The nursing profession, as part of the larger economy, is challenged by this transformation due to globalisation, internationalisation, capitalism within a consumer society, an ageing workforce, staff shortages, internat...

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