Abstract : ABSTRACT
Community-based health service programmes are being launched and expanded throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, yet clinic-focused services remain the mainstay of most of these programmes despite several convincing demonstrations that community-based health services can be more effective if static services are augmented with active provision of doorstep care. Thus, the objective of the study was to ascertain the barriers that confront health workers in the pursuance of home visit. A cross-sectional design that made use of in-depth interviews among 16 community health officers was employed for the study. The interview tool was pre-tested in two locations with similar characteristics. The data recorded was transcribed and the final result presented as theme-based summaries and quotations. findings showed several barriers preventing the delivery of home visit by health care personnel including: 1) lack of planning for home visit; 2) poor supervision of community health officers; 3) lack of feedback to community health officers; 4) fear of dogs; 5) inadequate home visit logistics; 6) inadequate community health officers. Home visits by community health officers were low partly due to lack of proper planning, inadequate home visit logistics, lack of supervision and feedbacks, and fear of the safety of peoples’ homes among others. Thus, the need for stringent planning of home visit activities and the provision of basic home visit logistics is urgently needed. Moreover, the strengthening of supervision and feedback systems is an additional attention that is needed for the overall improvement in the home visit health care delivery system.
Keywords: Barriers to home visit, Health care services, Techiman Township, Ghana
Keyword : Barriers to home visit, Health care services, Techiman Township, Ghana