Health resources for South Africa: A scoping review

Michelle Pascoe, Olebeng Mahura, Jessica Dean

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Healthcare is more effective when people are treated in their own language with respect for their culture. However, information about the availability and nature of health resources is fragmented and studies suggest few assessments, screening tools, or other health resources in many of South Africa’s languages.
This scoping review identified health resources written in the eleven official languages of South Africa for health professionals to use for patient assessment and management.
Databases were searched and information about resources collated and analysed.
Two-hundred-and-fifty two unique resources were found (444 items, if different language versions of the same resource were counted separately). All official languages were represented. The most widely used (excluding English) were Afrikaans (118 resources), IsiXhosa (80) and IsiZulu (55).
Development of more health resources and critical evaluation of their validity and reliability remain important. This study contributes a preliminary database for South African health professionals, ultimately promoting improved service delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbera1378
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalHealth SA Gesondheid
Early online date29 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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