From: Referral of children seeking care at private health facilities in Uganda
What is already known about this subject?
In Uganda studies have shown that referral of sick children seen in public health facilities to higher levels of care is poor and faces several constraints. Studies focusing on the private health sector are scanty
What does this study add?
Data presented in this study shows that referral of sick children at private health facilities faces many constraints ranging from caregivers not appreciating the importance of referral, gender-related decision making and negotiations at household level, poor quality of care at referral facilities and inadequate finances at household level
How might this impact on clinical practice?
Addressing the identified referral constraints will reduce morbidity and mortality among children seen in the private health sector in Uganda