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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 14-17

Knowledge and Attitudes among Staff Nurses of Davangere, Karnataka in Relation to HIV I AIDS

Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere - 577004, Karnataka, India

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BACKGROUND: AIDS is a major public health problem and is projected to increase greatly over the coming years. Nurses will be called upon with their role to provide care for the sick and to prevent the spread and transmission of HN. OBJECTIVE: The study was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitudes among staff nurses of Davangere towards HIVIAIDS to develop future training modules. METHODOLOGY: 288 staff nurses working in 2 hospitals of Davangere were interviewed. A questionnaire comprising of 27-close-ended questions and 1 open-ended question was utilized. RESULTS: Mean age of the sample was 28.4 yrs and mean job experience was 5.8 yrs. The nurses showed satisfactory knowledge, but misconceptions regarding precautionary measures and infection control measures were present. 68% opined that boiling would not kill the virus. 33.3% were unwilling to provide care for HN patients and 75.7% opined that handling HIV AIDS patient was too time consuming. CONCLUSION: Overall knowledge and attitude among staff nurses was found to be satisfactory, but deficiency of some areas of infection control might lead to negative attitude impeding proper care.

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