Study to Establish Incidence of Health Provider Absenteeism in Bushenyi District « Surveys « Downloads

Date postedDecember 2, 2010
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UNHCO study Prevalence and Factors Associated with Absenteeism of Health Providers from work draws results from the study made to 78 health facilities in Bushenyi District, including literature review and unannounced visits. The intention of the study was to document the prevalence, determinants and consequences of absenteeism of health providers in the health sector of Uganda, and recommend appropriate remedies for the identified causes in order to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the utilization of public resources.

The average rate of absenteeism was 47.9% and after desegregation of key health cadres, 24% of the Nursing Officers were not present at the health facility, followed by Nursing Assistants and Enrolled Nurses both at 18%. The Enrolled 15% of the Enrolled Midwives were not present. The important determinants of health provider absenteeism found from this study included the work environment, supervision, Job satisfaction with different incentives, level of education, and location of health facility (remoteness), length of service in the current facility, job stress, and Marital Status. To minimize absenteeism in health care in Uganda there is need for increased monitoring and supervision of the health providers, In addition, a policy should be designed to encourage health providers retention, reduced on probation time of the health providers, improve on health provider work environment ,hardship and risk allowance to health care providers serving in remote areas.

The study was supported by the Transparency and Accountability Programme/Results for Development

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