Across the broad spectrum that is the district health system in South Africa today, a wide range of knowledge and expertise is required to perform effectively and professionally. South African family practice manual focuses on practical skills that family physicians should obtain during their training which are required in primary care and general practice as well as at district or rural hospitals.
South African family practice manual is a collaborative enterprise involving family physicians and educators. It draws on their wealth of practical experience to cover the full spectrum of family practice from the newborn to the elderly, including skills in both routine and emergency care. It deals extensively with aspects of clinical examination and common procedures, as well as key skills in the areas of communication, clinical training and teaching, management, research and community-oriented primary care. In this third edition, an entirely new section on anaesthetic skills for the district hospital has been added and there are new chapters on phototherapy, assessment of a drunk driver and facilitating meetings to review morbidity and mortality.
South African family practice manual is aimed at medical officers, general practitioners, interns, medical students and associate clinicians. It is also an essential resource for all registrars in family medicine training programmes and will be particularly useful for those preparing for the national Fellowship examination.
This is the 3rd edition of the South African family practice manual. It is an excellent manual on procedural and clinical skills for both family medicine trainers and trainees. It empowers the trainees with appropriate procedural and clinical skills during their training and adequately prepares them for the objective structured clinical exam (OSCE). A number of family medicine training programmes in Africa recommend the manual as an important resource material and I hope this extends to the whole continent.
Prof. Gboyega A. Ogunbanjo
President: South African Academy of Family Physicians
President: College of Family Physicians of South Africa
This manual, already well acclaimed and very widely used, is an important ?keep by your side? guide to the competencies you need to learn in training and keep up to date in many practice settings. And for tutors and trainers, it is an invaluable roadmap to your supervision and assessment of your learners and students.
Amanda Howe MD MEd FRCGP FAcadMED
President-Elect of WONCA (World Organisation of Family Doctors)
Professor of Primary Care, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia