n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Factors influencing the utilisation of community-based rehabilitation services by people with disability in Tshwane, Gauteng Province, South Africa : utilization of primary health care services

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Community-based rehabilitation (CBR), is an approach to rehabilitation service delivery intended to reach people with disabilities. Unfortunately, CBR is still inaccessible. The aim of the study was to determine factors influencing the utilisation of community based rehabilitation in Gauteng Province, South Africa. A quantitative retrospective descriptive study design was used. A self-constructed questionnaire was used to collect data. A proportional sample of convenience, of people with disabilities and caregivers for children with disabilities residing in Soshanguve and Winterveldt were studied. The majority were males (56.2%), 52.8% of participants did not receive disability grant. The main conditions were hemiplegia (44.9%) and cerebral palsy (40.4%). There was no association between disability and gender (p = 0.207). Most participants used taxis (67%). The main finding was lack of awareness of rehabilitation services in 77.5% of the participants. Shortage of staff, equipment and patient referral were other factors that influenced utilisation of community based rehabilitation services in Soshanguve and Winterveldt.

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