Perceptions of healthcare providers regarding ethical guidelines on social media in a children's ward in Malawi

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dc.contributor.advisor Maree, Carin
dc.contributor.coadvisor Moagi, Miriam M.
dc.contributor.postgraduate Kaonga, Kettie
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-08T18:22:58Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-08T18:22:58Z
dc.date.created 2020-10-02
dc.date.issued 2020-09-04
dc.description Dissertation (MNurs)--University of Pretoria, 2020. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Introduction - Children are considered a vulnerable population with the right to a safe environment and protection from harm. They also have the right to privacy and protection against exposure on social media, especially when they are hospitalised. Nurses and other healthcare providers need to comply with guidelines, policies or protocols that guide the use of social media when rendering care to hospitalised children. Aim - The aim of the study was to explore and describe the perceptions of healthcare providers of ethical guidelines regarding social media in a designated children’s ward in Malawi. Methods - A qualitative research design was used. Three semi-structured focus groups were conducted with 16 participants, using a structured interview guideline based on the ethical guidelines for social media usage of the International Council of Nurses, adapted for a children’s ward. The data was transcribed verbatim, organised, analysed, and themes were formulated, supported by literature. Results – Three focus groups of sixteen participants were conducted. Three themes were formulated from the findings as follows: • Utilization of social media in the children’s ward under which these subthemes were discussed; Education purposes; Consultation; Solving problems and Communication. • Risks of social media in the children’s ward under which these subthemes were discussed; Issues related to children’s rights; Conflict; Psychological disorders and Negligence. • Management of non-consensual taking and sharing of child patient photos under which these subthemes were discussed; removing photos from social media; informing social media users. Conclusion – Understanding the perceptions of healthcare providers regarding ethical guidelines on social media is expected to assist the management of the children’s ward to develop strategies and priorities on how the use of social media can be managed. en_ZA
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dc.description.degree MNurs en_ZA
dc.description.department Nursing Science en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation *Kaonga, K 2020. Perceptions of healthcare providers regarding ethical guidelines on social media in a children's ward in Malawi, MNurs dissertation, University of Pretoria, viewed 200906 http://hdl.handle.net/2263/76113 en_ZA
dc.identifier.other S2020 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/76113
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher University of Pretoria
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dc.subject UCTD en_ZA
dc.subject Child nursing & Ethics en_ZA
dc.title Perceptions of healthcare providers regarding ethical guidelines on social media in a children's ward in Malawi en_ZA
dc.type Dissertation en_ZA


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