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Publication Type : Journal Article
Publisher : International Journal of Nursing Research
Source : International Journal of Nursing Research , Volume 4(3), p.154-161 (2018)
Keywords : Association, Demographic characteristics, hypertension, knowledge
Campus : Kochi
School : College of Nursing
Department : Medical Surgical Nursing
Year : 2018
Abstract : Introduction: Hypertension, the most prevalent non-communicable disease is a major risk factor for cardio and cerebrovascular complications. Obtaining information from hypertensive patients about their knowledge on hypertension is important for effective management of the disease. Aim: To assess knowledge about hypertension and its association with demographic characteristics of hypertensive people of an urban slum of Kolkata. Methods: This was a descriptive study involving 100 hypertensive patients in the selected urban slum of Kolkata, West Bengal. A self- structured validated questionnaire was used to obtain information from hypertensive people. Knowledge regarding hypertension was assessed using a 25-item questionnaire and was scored as inadequate (19). SPSS 16 was used for statistical analysis. Results: Mean age of participants was 49.1yrs and most were male (52%), married (38%) and had a high school education (57%). The mean knowledge score was 10.3 (SD+ 2.43) and 56%, 38% and 6% of study participants had inadequate, average and adequate knowledge respectively. All demographic characteristics except marital status and religion had a significant association with knowledge score (p<0.05). Conclusion: The participants had low knowledge score, and demographic characteristics were significantly associated with knowledge score. Health care providers should ensure in imparting knowledge regarding health maintenance and management.
Cite this Research Publication : Dr. Ajee K L and Kshirsagar, A. Y., “A study to assess knowledge regarding hypertension among hypertensive clients in a selected urban slum of Kolkata”, International Journal of Nursing Research , vol. 4(3), pp. 154-161, 2018.