n African Journal of Laboratory Medicine - Experiential Bloom's Taxonomy learning framework for point-of-care diagnostics training of primary healthcare workers : opinion paper

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2225-2002
  • E-ISSN: 2225-2010



The delivery of accessible, affordable and equitable primary healthcare (PHC) is a key focus in many resource-limited settings. One strategy that has been used to improve health access and healthcare equity in rural and resource-limited settings is the use of point-of-care (POC) diagnosticsin PHC clinics. POC testing is defined as: pathology testing performed in a clinical setting at the time of patient consultation, generating a result that is used to make an immediate informed clinical decision that contributes to an improved health outcome for the patient. Although itrelies on clinical, non-laboratory staff and frontline workers, such as nurses, to perform diagnostic testing, POC testing is seen as one of the ways to improve affordability, access and equity in rural areas. A primary advantage of POC diagnostics is that the completion of the test and treatment cycle in the same encounter is conducive to retention in care and patient outcomes.

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