Qualification: 
MSc Nursing
Email: 
lindav@aims.amrita.edu

Linda Varghese currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecologic Nursing, College of Nursing, Health Sciences Campus, Kochi. 

DELEGATE/RESOURCE PERSON

  1. Ms. Linda Varghese has been a resource person for the session Corneal Transplantation in the National Conference on Organ Transplant: Together, Towards Tomorrow organized by Amrita College of Nursing in Collaboration with transplant team, AIMS, Kochi on November 20 and 21, 2015.
  2. Ms. Linda Varghese has been a delegate in the International conference on Impact of Global issues on Women and Children held at Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal from January 9th-11th, 2017.
  3. Ms. Linda Varghese has been a Resource Person for the session Prevention of Childhood Obesity: Causes and Magnitude in the International conference on Obesity- A Multifaceted Approach held at Amrita College of Nursing, Kochi from December 1st & 2nd, 2017.

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

2017

Journal Article

Linda Varghese, A, D., and baby, D., “Nutritional Status and Related Knowledge Among Antenatal Mothers Attending Obstetrics and Gynecology OPD”, Kerala Nursing Forum, vol. 12, 2017.

2017

Journal Article

Linda Varghese and Bhasy, B., “Knowledge Regarding Cord Blood Donation Among Antenatal Mothers”, Indian Journal of Public health Research & Development; R.K Sharma, vol. 8, 2017.

2017

Journal Article

P. S. R., Linda Varghese, and Krishnan, A. S., “Effectiveness of prenatal teaching on prevention of breast engorgement”, International Journal of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 6, 9 vol., pp. 3927–3931 , 2017.[Abstract]


Background: Breast engorgement is a major issue in the early postpartum period under the influence of hormonal shift and increase milk production. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevention, recognition and management of breast engorgement.Methods: Quasi Experimental, quantitative study conducted in AIMS, Kochi among sixty mothers by Convenience sampling technique. The design used was pre-test post-test control group design. A semi structured knowledge questionnaire, Bristol Breastfeeding Assessment Tool and an Observational checklist were used to collect the data. Prenatal teaching provided to the Experimental group.Results: The mean pre-test knowledge level of control group was 9.83 and the post-test knowledge was 10.03. In the Experimental group, the mean pre-test level was 10.20 and the post-test level is 20.76. The ‘t’ value of control group was 0.71 and that of Experimental group was 12.83 which was highly significant at 0.001 level. There was a significant increase in knowledge score in Experimental group. Comparing the breastfeeding practices regarding positioning and attachment in both groups, showed a significant difference at the level of 0.001 but other two aspects, sucking and swallowing were not significant. Comparing the incidence, 13.3% mothers reported in experimental group whereas 63.3% in the control group, which showed a remarkable decrease in the incidence of breast engorgement in the former group.Conclusions: The prenatal teaching was effective in improving the health of mothers as well as practices of breastfeeding and it helped in reduction of the incidence of breast engorgement.

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2017

Journal Article

Linda Varghese and Bency, B., “Knowledge and Attitude of Antenatal Mothers Regarding Cord Blood Donation, AIMS, Kochi”, Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, vol. 8, 3 vol., no. 3, pp. 88-90, 2017.[Abstract]


Background : Stem cell research is one of the most important and at the time, the most controversial topics of science today. Blood stem cells have been used to treat certain cancer, blood and metabolic and immune disease.

Methodology : The aim was to assess the knowledge and attitude of antenatal mothers about cord blood donation and to associate between knowledge score and selected demographic variables. It was a descriptive study conducted among 70 antenatal mothers at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. The sample selected by Non Probability convenience sampling technique and data collected by semi structured knowledge questionnaire including socio-demographic variables. Investigator developed five point Likert scale to assess the attitude of antenatal mothers regarding cord blood donation.

Result: Majority of the antenatal mothers (61%) had poor knowledge, 29% of the mothers had average knowledge and only 10% of them had good knowledge regarding cord blood donation. The mean knowledge of antenatal mothers was 4.17 with a Standard Deviation of 1.802. Out of total subjects 41.4% mothers had positive attitude, 48.6% mothers had average attitude and 10% of the mothers had negative attitude towards cord blood donation. There was no significant association between knowledge score and selected demographic variables.

Conclusion: From the study, investigator observed that antenatal mothers had very little knowledge regarding the concept of cord blood donation, one the other hand majority of them have average attitude to cord blood donation.

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2017

Journal Article

Linda Varghese and Mohan, M., “Vision related quality of life in patients after Corneal transplantation in AIMS, Kochi”, Indian Journal of Public health Research & Development; R.K Sharma, vol. 8, no. 4, 2017.

2017

Journal Article

G. G, Linda Varghese, and Kanmani J, “Effectiveness of Structured Teaching Programme on knowledge regarding preventive measures of Uterine Prolapse among mothers”, Journal of Clinical Diagnostic Research, vol. 11, no. 12, pp. QC05- QC08 , 2017.[Abstract]


Introduction: Uterine Prolapse (UP) is the contributor to reproductive health problems that influence the women’s quality of life. It is the most frequent cause of gynaecological morbidities among women in India and major indication for hysterectomy.

Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of Structured Teaching Programme (STP) on knowledge regarding preventive measures of UP among mothers and to find out the association between knowledge of mothers regarding preventive measures of UP and selected demographic variables.

Materials and Methods: A quantitative research approach with pre-experimental one group pre-test and post-test design was used for the study. The setting of the study was Gynaecology OPD at AIMS, Kochi. By using non-probability convenience sampling technique, 40 antenatal mothers were selected. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to assess the demographic data and knowledge regarding preventive measures of the UP in mothers. The STP was provided to the participants after pre-test. The post-test was done on the 14th day after pre-test. The sample characteristics were described using frequency, percentage. Chi–square test was used to find out the association between knowledge of mothers regarding preventive measures of UP and selected demographic variables.

Results: The mean pre-test knowledge score was 11.85±4.36 and the mean post-test knowledge score was 19.75±2.98. There was a statistically significant improvement in the level of knowledge regarding preventive measures of UP among the mothers (t-value=16.01, p<0.05) and significant association was found between Pre-test level of knowledge and age of mothers (?2=6.30,p=0.043). However, no significant association was found between pre-test level of knowledge and selected demographic and clinical variable which includes education, occupation, place of residence, previous information about UP etc.

Conclusion: The findings of the study showed a significant improvement in knowledge regarding preventive measures of UP among mothers. The STP was effective and it is also suggested that the programme should be continued in order to uplift the overall health and practices of mothers. Hence, it will help to reduce the incidence of UP and enhance the quality of life in future.

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2016

Journal Article

Linda Varghese, Joseph, D. P., and Lekha Viswanath, “Effectiveness of Childbirth Education on Childbirth Experience of Pregnant Women in Tertiary Hospital, Kochi, kerala ”, Journal of Nurse Midwifery and Maternal Health , vol. 2, 2016.

2015

Journal Article

Linda Varghese and Francis, S., “Assess the Screening Behaviors , Knowledge and Beliefs Regarding Breast Cancer Among College Women”, Journal of Science , vol. 5, pp. 637-640 , 2015.

2015

Journal Article

Linda Varghese, baby, D., and Lekha Viswanath, “Learning needs of Antenatal Mothers in Selected Hospital”, Journal of Nurse Midwifery and Maternal Health , vol. 1, 2015.

2015

Journal Article

Linda Varghese, Chacko, B. Lali, Kurup, M. Nisha S., L., M. Sreelakshm, Udayan, M. Seethu, and N, M. Anjali, “A Study to Assess the Knowledge Regarding Selected Minor Ailments of Pregnancy Among Antenatal Mothers ”, Journal of Nurse Midwifery and Maternal Health , vol. 1, 2015.

2014

Journal Article

S. Udayan, Lekha Viswanath, and Linda Varghese, “Awareness regarding Antenatal Investigations among Antenatal Mothers attending Selected Tertiary Hospital, Kochi, Kerala.”, Journal of South Asian Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 129-132, 2014.[Abstract]


Background: An antenatal investigation has now literally entered in the domain of prenatal care. Early antenatal investigations help to identify many sorts of medical and infectious diseases during pregnancy and initiate treatment for safeguarding the health of mother and fetus. Many antenatal mothers undergo antenatal investigations without adequate understanding. Objectives: To identify awareness regarding antenatal investigations among antenatal mothers and to prepare an information booklet on antenatal investigations. Materials and methods: It is a descriptive study conducted among 180 antenatal mothers attending Obstetrics and Gynecology Outpatient Department in Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) at Kochi. The subjects were selected using quota sampling technique. The trimester was selected as the quota. Sixty women each were selected from first, second and third trimesters. Data were collected using semistructured knowledge questionnaire developed by the investigator. Results: The mean score of antenatal investigations was 8.96 ± 6.33 with maximum score 19. Among 180 subjects, 61% of antenatal mothers had poor level of awareness regarding antenatal investigations, 63% were belong to first trimester and 64% were primigravida. Interpretation and conclusion: The study concluded that the level of awareness among antenatal mothers was poor. It is very essential to organize an awareness program to increase the uptake of antenatal investigations.

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Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

2016

Conference Proceedings

Linda Varghese, “Level of Stress and its Contributing Factors Among Working Antenatal Mothers ”, National conference on Health innovations through advanced Nursing Research and Practice . Laxmi Memorial College of Nursing, Manglore, 2016.

2014

Conference Proceedings

Linda Varghese, “Knowledge Regarding Selected Minor Ailments of Pregnancy Among Antenatal Mothers ”, International Seminar on Research Methodology. Carmel College of Nursing, 2014.

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