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Table 1 Schema as a guide for readers

From: The perceptions and perspectives of patients and health care providers on chronic diseases management in rural South Africa: a qualitative study

Needs in relation to knowledge and education Knowledge on causes, symptoms and treatment of chronic diseases
Information via several channels (TV, radio, clinics, schools, traditional healers)
Needs related to health care organization Availability of medication at clinics
Decrease waiting time Health Care Providers (HCP) to come in time)
Provide support to manage condition close-by in the community (role for community health workers)
Mixed perceptions on relation with health care providers and home based carers Positive experiences with nurses and home based carers as they give information on disease and treatment
A number of patients lack respect for home base carers since they view them as not well trained
Opportunities patients see in the community Train and involve traditional healers/leaders and home based carers on chronic disease management
Empower the community by information campaigns
Involve community through functional clinic committees
Role of clinics and nurses Disseminate health information in the community
Organize semi-annual review of patients by doctors
Organize weekly dedicated days for chronic conditions by nurses
Collaboration with other health care providers There is a good collaboration with home based carers who refer patients to clinics and participate in follow up
Minimal collaboration with traditional healers and health authority (no meetings, very few referrals from THP) in clinics
Interdisciplinary meetings with nurses, home based care and traditional healers in one facility
Barriers for good chronic disease management Limited availability of medication, functional equipment and transport for nurses
Shortage of nurses and other health professions
Lack of training for nurses and home based carers on chronic diseases
Lack of facilities for physical activity