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- ItemOpen AccessKnowledge and attitudes of mothers of children with severe Pneumonia on oxygen therapy at Lilongwe Central Hospital.(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2005-05-21) Chabwera, ChristinaMany studies have been done on Pneumonia and Oxygen therapy but none has been done on peoples' knowledge and attitudes towards Oxygen therapy. There is a tendency by most Malawian mothers of refusing Oxygen administration on their children because of past experience of seeing patients dying soon after Oxygen administration and because of other misconceptions they have on Oxygen therapy. This study will be done to find out the knowledge and attitudes of these mothers regarding Oxygen therapy. The aim is to remove the unnecessary misconceptions, which the mothers in Lilongwe District have in relation to Oxygen therapy so that total effective health care should be given to the children. The findings of the study will also help nurses at Lilongwe Central Hospital Paediatric Ward on how to provide accurate information to mothers regarding Oxygen therapy for them to understand its importance. A descriptive survey design will be used to anålyse the data. Using an interview guide, ten mothers will be interviewed (those with children with severe pneumonia and are to be or are on Oxygen therapy) for a period of four weeks. Data will be analysed using content analysis. The beneficiaries of the study results will be children who are patients depending on decisions made by their mothers, mothers of children who require Oxygen therapy and health care providers so that child mortality rate due to lack of Oxygen in the body as a complication of severe pneumonia reduces.
- ItemOpen AccessViolence against women in the work place: a study on prevalence of sexual harassment of female health personnel by male patients at Kamuzu central hospital and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2006-06-16) Phiri, Modesta Abraham
- ItemOpen AccessLived experience of relatives of patients with stroke.(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2006-06-30) Nyirenda, TauncioStroke is the third most common cause of death in industrialized countries and a major cause of adult disability. However, the burden of caring for 1 stroke survivors usually rests with family members who have neither chosen nor volunteered for the role of careers The aim of the study is to find out about the knowledge and experiences of relatives of stroke patients in relation to stroke. This will help to fill in the gaps that exist concerning management of stroke survivor patients, hence improving the lives of these stroke survivor patients. The aim of the study is to find out about the knowledge and experiences of relatives of stroke patients in relation to stroke. This will help to fill in the gaps that exist concerning management of stroke survivor patients, hence improving the lives of these stroke survivor patients. The study will be descriptive in nature, and qualitative research method will be used. Qualitative methodology focuses on individuals' lived experiences as they are presented in thoughts, ideas, feelings, attitudes and perceptions. In addition, the research approach emphasizes human behaviour and social interaction. The general systems theory will be used to guide the study. The study will use a sample of 15 relatives of stroke patients who will accompany their stroke patients to physiotherapy and/or to hypertension clinic at Kamuzu Central Hospital. The subjects will be selected through purposeful sampling. Data which will be collected from this study will be analysed manually. It will be interpreted and illustrated using graphs, tables and diagrams.
- ItemOpen AccessPatients' knowledge and practices related to the home management of Antiretroviral drugs side effects in HIV and AIDS patients of Lilongwe district(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2006-07-06) Chilalire, Esther
- ItemOpen AccessFactors that contribute to low acceptance of Vasectomy utilisation among married men(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2008-07-01) Chauluka, MarthaThis is a proposal of a descriptive research study that will be conducted and the researcher will use a qualitative approach. Data collection will be done using a well structured interview guide that will comprise of open ended questions and some few closed questions in order for the researcher to get a clear picture of the situation understudy. the study will be done to explore the factors that contribute to low acceptance of Vasectomy utilization by married men here in Malawi. The results will be used to identify the factors that will be dealt with accordingly to encourage utilization of Vasectomy as a method of family planning which proved to be safe, easiest and have less complications so that the alarming fertility rate which is at 6.0 children per woman is reduced to control the increasing population growth and that maternal death and complications are due to multiple deliveries is controlled. With Vasectomy being encouraged, complications that women are victims due to female sterilization will be reduced.
- ItemOpen AccessKnowledge, attitudes and practices of soldiers on dangers of alcohol use at Changalume barracks in Zomba(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2008-07-14) Tembo, Harrison T.
- ItemOpen AccessContributing factors towards resurgence of Leprosy.(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2008-07-18) Iman, LatifaLeprosy is a leading cause of disability in Malawi. Many people were left with disability due to leprosy. Leprosy needs adequate treatment with MDT for the required period of time. Many new cases are registered with leprosy into the hospitals. This gives problems to the public as it calls for a lot of money for training and drugs. The purpose of this study is to assess and evaluate the-contributing factors towards resurgence of leprosy. The study specifically aims at determining the numbers of new cases registered at Nkhota-kota District since November 2007, to find out if health workers know on the prevalence of leprosy disease condition, to assess the knowledge level of health workers on management of leprosy and to find out drug compliance of patient with leprosy. A quantitative design will be used to meet these objectives. The study will involve 30 subjects who will consist of health workers and client with leprosy. The study will be conducted at Nkhota-kota District Hospital. A questionnaire will be used to collect data from the patients and health workers Data will be coded and analyzed manually using descriptive. statistics. The responses will be written down and similar responses will be counted by tallying then they will be summed up.
- ItemOpen AccessFactors contributing to disclosure and non disclosure of status of HIV positive pregnant women to their spouses at Limbe Health Centre(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2008-11-01) Butao, Cathy P.
- ItemOpen AccessPatients' knowledge on pressure ulcer development, management and prevention at Kamuzu Central Hospital(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2008-11-30) Kapira, Austin IanThis was a descriptive quantitative study that aimed to assess patients' knowledge on pressure ulcer development, management and prevention at Kamuzu central hospital in Lilongwe. The objectives of the study were to examine patients' knowledge of pressure ulcer, to assess patients' knowledge on pressure ulcer prevention, to identify patients' role in prevention of pressure ulcer and to assess patients' knowledge on pressure ulcer management. A sample of 30 subjects was chosen from surgical and orthopedic wards and a self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. Descriptive statistical data analysis was done manually with a calculator and using Microsoft excel computer package. The results showed that 23.3% (n=7) had some knowledge while 76.7% (n=23) lacked knowledge of pressure ulcers. The factors which led to lack of knowledge in these patients were that they are not taught in hospital about pressure ulcers and that there are no messages about pressure ulcers on the radio or in the hospital.
- ItemOpen AccessA study on knowledge, attitudes and practice towards positive living among women attending art clinic at Balaka District Hospital.(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2008-12-04) Mataya, AliceLiving positively requires some basic support: access to health information and services, good nutrition, therapeutic counselling, advice about how to support your family into the future, including children who may be orphaned and some home-based care for those who have eventually become weakened and sick. Also, critically needed is access to treatment i.e. antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). If appropriately prescribed, properly taken and supported by a healthy style, ARVs can massively prolong the health and wellbeing of people who are HIV positive. However, there has been problems in following positive living which was evidenced by drug incompliance among HIV positive women at Balaka District Hospital. The purpose of this study was to explore the knowledge, attitudes and practice towards positive living among women attending ART clinic. A qualitative study using in depth interviews was conducted and a convenient sample of 10 women was recruited at Balaka district hospital. Data was analysed manually after developing codes which were grouped to form themes. The findings show that almost all participants knew positive living and the activities which are involved in it though not all activities were mentioned during discussion. All participants expressed their willingness to live positively since they know the importance. The participants practice positive living by eating nutritious diet, taking ARVs everyday and practicing safe sex. The study has also shown that shortage of adequate food and distance hinders participants from practicing positive living. Based on the study findings, the following recommendations are made: It is recommended that the hospital should provide supplementary food to people living with HIV and AIDS that have problems finding food and the government should consider establishment of ART clinics in distant areas of more than 5km away from the hospital among others.
- ItemOpen AccessFactors that contribute to mothers refusal of nosal gastric tube feeding fir their babies in nursery ward at Bwaila Hospital in KLilongwe(Kamuzu university of health Sciences, 2008-12-26) Mzumara, Victoria
- ItemOpen AccessKnowledge & perceptions of pregnant women on the dangers of pica during pregnancy at Dwangwa Health Centre in Kasungu District(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2009-06) Zimba, Silvester Damalekani
- ItemOpen AccessKnowledge, perception and practice of community members on HIV testing and counselling services in children in Phalombe district(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2009-06-01) Felistas, Mpachika
- ItemOpen AccessKnowledge, perception and participation in voluntary cervical cancer screening among Kamuzu College of Nursing female students(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2009-06-01) Mkutumula, Bhima, ChinsinsiCervical cancer ranks as the first most frequent cancer among Malawian women and is also the second most frequent cancer an-long women between 15 and 44 years of age (HPV information centre, 2007). Majority if' not all, Kamuzu College of Nursing female students fall within the at risk age of 15 years and above but statistics of cervical cancer screening at both Kamuzu and Queen Elizabeth Central hospital indicate that in 2008, of the 1779 women who had cervical cancer screening at Queen Elizabeth Central hospital, only I of them was a Kamuzu College of Nursing student while at Kamuzu Central hospital, out of 876 women who accessed the services, none were Kamuzu College of Nursing students. The study will be done at Kamuzu colleges two campuses. A quantitative exploratory design and a convenience sample of 40 students will be used. The design has been chosen because the study intends to gain knowledge and information on factors influencing utilization of cervical cancer screening services for the Kamuzu College of Nursing female students. The study is important as it will provide evidence based knowledge and information for further research that will also help restructure the nursing management and education on the development of better strategies for the cervical cancer screening services, and their dispensation, so that the services are tailor-made to attract uptake by more women.
- ItemOpen AccessFactors affecting documentation of nursing care provision.(2009-06-12) Bunu, FelistasNursing documentation is a daily reality of nurses work . It is the evidence of nursing actions. However evidence in hospitals in Malawi has showed that nurses do not like to document their intervention or nursing actions done on the patient/client. This proposal is for a descriptive quantitative study aiming at finding factors that affect documentation of nursing care provision at Ntchisi District Hospital. There is little literature of nursing documentation showing that .it is an area which has not been researched much both in Malawi and other countries. The study shall have a sample of twenty nurse midwife technicians and ten registered nurses drawn from Male, Female, Paediatric and Maternity wards at Ntchisi District Hospital. Convenience sampling will be used in getting nurse working in the mentioned wards. A pilot study will be conducted to ensure validity and reliability of the questionnaire and the checklist developed by the researcher. The main study will be conducted between June and July 2009. A work plan will be formulated for the whole activity. Data for the study shall be collected from nurse who will be requested to answer and fill the structured questionnaire with open and close ended questions. Ethical consideration shall involve getting consent from those sampled before getting their views. Additional information on nursing documentation will be obtained from patients' files, utilizing the checklist. Data analysis will be done manually and also using Epi Info 6. Results will be in frequency tables, percentages and ratios. Dissemination of results will be through report writing indicating findings of the study.
- ItemOpen AccessSocial and psychological challenges of infertile clients seeking treatment at Mzuzu Central Hospital.(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2009-06-12) Moyo, VioletThis is a qualitative research proposal whose purpose is to establish the social and psychological challenges faced by infertile clients seeking treatment at Mzuzu Central Hospital. Infertility cases in Malawi are increasing due to sexually transmitted infections and also post-partum infections as a result of unsafe deliveries. The problem of infertility does not threaten one's physical health, but it leads to social and psychological hardships depending on how the couple and society value children and attainment of parenthood. Fertility services seem not to be a main goal for most hospitals in Malawi, such that infertile clients in communities are not aware that limited fertility services are available. Mzuzu Central Hospital is trying to offer these services comprehensively, therefore, the need to explore the challenges that infertile clients face in accessing care at the hospital. The study will use an in-depth interview on one to one basis to get the necessary data.
- ItemOpen AccessFactors that prevent male youths with sexually transmitted infections from early seeking of medical care at Kamuzu Central Hospital.(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2009-06-12) Kaluwa, CatherineThe purpose of this study is to explore the factors that delay prevent the male youth with sexually transmitted infections from early seeking of medical care This study aims at finding level of knowledge of the male youth clients with STIs. The results will help the health care service providers on how they can adjust their services and attitudes towards the male youth clients with STIs to accommodate them to reduce delay in seeking STIs treatment. The researcher will use qualitative research design and a convenient sampling of 10 clients. A questionnaire will be used in collecting data and analyzed by getting the general overview of the male youth clients with STIs from the reasons they will give that contributes to the delay in seeking medical care.
- ItemOpen AccessKnowledge and attitude of teachers at Mchesi L.E.A primary school towards school health program(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2009-06-12) Moya, Yamie ErnestTeachers play a great role in the implementation of School Health Program. However, little is known about their knowledge on and attitude towards the program which may either facilitate or obstruct the success of the program. This study proposes to assess teachers' knowledge and attitude regarding School Health Program. Quantitative data concerning knowledge and attitude of teachers regarding SHP will be collected from a total of 30 samples using self administered structured questionnaire and analysed statistically. The findings will assist in identifying gaps which might be filled to strength SHP and will also be used as pilot study for future studies. Results of the study will be communicated to Kamuzu College of Nursing Research and Publication Committee and a copy of dissertation will be available at Kamuzu College of Nursing Library.
- ItemOpen AccessA qualitative study on the school feeding programme at Mzobwe Primary School.(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2009-06-12) Msukunika, Tabitha, Yankho
- ItemOpen AccessDescription of effectiveness of standard case management of Pneumonia in under-five children towards client’s outcome at Kasungu district hospital.(Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, 2009-06-12) Kudya, MercyThe aim of the study is to explore the effectiveness of the Standard Case Management of Pneumonia in under-five Children towards the clients' outcome. Its objectives will be to assess the effectiveness of the standard case management, to describe its effectiveness and identify challenges of standard case management in under-five children. The quantitative descriptive design will be used to this study. A systematic sampling technique will be used to sample the pneumonia files of under-five children at Kasungu district hospital at paediatric ward. The number of files to be samples will be 20 of 2008. Questionnaire will be used to collect data from the pneumonia files of under-five children. Data will be analysed manually and the findings will be presented in graphs, tables and pie charts. The major findings wilt be summarized at the end.