Audiology practice management in South Africa : what audiologists know and what they should know

Show simple item record Breytenbach, Deidre Kritzinger, Alta M. (Aletta Margaretha) Soer, Maggi E. (Magdalena Elizabeth) 2016-04-25T08:38:01Z 2016-04-25T08:38:01Z 2015-12-09
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : In future, the South African Department of Health aims to purchase services from accredited private service providers. Successful private audiology practices can assist to address issues of access, equity and quality of health services. It is not sufficient to be an excellent clinician, since audiology practices are businesses that must also be managed effectively. OBJECTIVE : The objective was to determine the existing and required levels of practice management knowledge as perceived by South African audiologists. METHOD : An electronic descriptive survey was used to investigate audiology practice management amongst South African audiologists. A total of 147 respondents completed the survey. Results were analysed by calculating descriptive statistics. The Z-proportional test was used to identify significant differences between existing and required levels of practice management knowledge. RESULTS : Significant differences were found between existing and required levels of knowledge regarding all eight practice management tasks, particularly legal and ethical issues and marketing and accounting. There were small differences in the knowledge required for practice management tasks amongst respondents working in public and private settings. CONCLUSION : Irrespective of their work context, respondents showed that they need significant expansion of practice management knowledge in order to be successful, to compete effectively and to make sense of a complex marketplace. en_ZA
dc.description.department Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Breytenbach, D., Kritzinger, A., & Soer, M. (2015). Audiology practice management in South Africa: What audiologists know and what they should know. South African Journal of Communication Disorders 62(1), Art. #114, 9 pages. 10.4102/sajcd.v62i1.114 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0379-8046 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2225-4765 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/sajcd.v62i1.114
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Private audiology practices en_ZA
dc.subject Practice management knowledge en_ZA
dc.subject South African audiologists en_ZA
dc.title Audiology practice management in South Africa : what audiologists know and what they should know en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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