Data For Comparative Study of Proportions of Post-Operative Sepsis _ Maternity Versus General Surgical Ward

Published: 9 March 2021| Version 3 | DOI: 10.17632/zt5bvtzd57.3
Kizito Omona


Data Collection Sources, Tools and Techniques The data sources, tools and techniques were as follows; Data Sources Both secondary and primary data were used. The secondary data from patient files (hospital record) for the past 6months from May, 2018 to November, 2018 were retrieved. These were the records of patients admitted to Maternity and General Surgical wards and who underwent surgery. Only these categories were analysed for both cohorts. The use of secondary data in this study is justified based on generation of new insight and possible longitudinal study among other advantages. It also provides basis for comparison between departments. However, eight (8) respondents (three from maternity ward cohort and five from each general surgical ward cohort), were traced to their homes and primary data on their lived experiences was collected. Data Collection Tools and Techniques The researcher used Data Abstraction Sheet (Document Review Guide), Observation guide and Interview Guide (for the primary data) tools. Data Abstraction Sheet has been used in a number of studies. This Data Abstraction Sheet used had all the types of data that needed to be extracted from each respondent record written on it. This made it easier for the researcher to obtain the needed data per patient record. The researcher used this Sheet as a guide to extract the appropriate data patient-by-patient. This also served as an observation guide for each patient record /file (See appendix III). Additional observation guide was developed and used by the researcher to observe the hygiene practices in the two hospital departments. This guide had all the observatory areas clearly labelled. Likewise, the Interview guide was used to collect data on lived experiences of the respondents. It guided the researcher in knowing which questions to ask. Data was then hand written as well as video recorded for later analysis. Probing was done to dig deeper into the respondents’ experiences.


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Uganda Martyrs University Faculty of Health Sciences