Spatial analysis of perceived health system capability and actual health system capacity for COVID-19 in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-17T12:22:30Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-17T12:22:30Z
dc.date.issued 2021-09-30 en
dc.identifier.uri https://openpublichealthjournal.com/contents/volumes/V14/TOPHJ-14-388/TOPHJ-14-388.pdf en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/16580
dc.description.abstract Peoples confidence in the health system's capability in managing the COVID-19 pandemic can determine public support, risk perceptions, and compliance to the required behaviors during the pandemic. Therefore, this paper investigated peoples perception of health system capability to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in different spatial areas across the country using data from an online survey. Multivariate logistic regression models were used to examine factors associated with peoples perception of the health system capability to manage the COVID-19 pandemic at the national and provincial levels. Spatial comparative analysis was conducted to contrast spatial density indicators of the number of hospitals, hospital beds, and ICU beds per given population across various provinces. Findings showed that South Africans had low confidence in the health system capability, with only two in five (40.7%) reporting that they thought that the countrys health system was able to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Sex and knowledge on COVID-19 were significantly associated with the peoples perception of the health system capability to manage the pandemic at the national level and in four of the nine provinces. Overall, the findings of this study clearly highlight challenges facing the countrys health system, both perceived or real, that needed to be addressed as part of the preparation for the COVID-19 pandemic. Timeous implementation of a countrywide National Health Insurance (NHI) system is now more critical than ever in improving healthcare outcomes of the South African population beyond the existence of the COVID-19 epidemic. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Earthscan en
dc.subject HEALTH SERVICES en
dc.subject COVID-19 en
dc.subject GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS en
dc.title Spatial analysis of perceived health system capability and actual health system capacity for COVID-19 in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 14 en
dc.BudgetYear 2021/22 en
dc.ResearchGroup Deputy CEO: Research en
dc.SourceTitle The Open Public Health Journal en
dc.ArchiveNumber 12149 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=24644 en
dc.PageNumber 388-398 en
dc.outputnumber 11301 en
dc.bibliographictitle Mokhele, T., Sewpaul, R., Sifunda, S., Weir-Smith, G., Dlamini, S., Manyaapelo, T., Naidoo, I., Parker, W., Dukhi, N., Jooste, S., Parker, S., Zuma, K., Moshabela, M., Mabaso, M. & Reddy, S.P. (2021) Spatial analysis of perceived health system capability and actual health system capacity for COVID-19 in South Africa. The Open Public Health Journal. 14:388-398. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/16580 en
dc.publicationyear 2021 en
dc.contributor.author1 Mokhele, T. en
dc.contributor.author2 Sewpaul, R. en
dc.contributor.author3 Sifunda, S. en
dc.contributor.author4 Weir-Smith, G. en
dc.contributor.author5 Dlamini, S. en
dc.contributor.author6 Manyaapelo, T. en
dc.contributor.author7 Naidoo, I. en
dc.contributor.author8 Parker, W. en
dc.contributor.author9 Dukhi, N. en
dc.contributor.author10 Jooste, S. en
dc.contributor.author11 Parker, S. en
dc.contributor.author12 Zuma, K. en
dc.contributor.author13 Moshabela, M. en
dc.contributor.author14 Mabaso, M. en
dc.contributor.author15 Reddy, S.P. en


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