Nurses’ obesity knowledge, attitudes and practices in private facilities in Oshana, Namibia

Health SA Gesondheid

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Title Nurses’ obesity knowledge, attitudes and practices in private facilities in Oshana, Namibia
Creator Moyo, Perseverance Felix, Rehanna
Subject Nursing; non-communicable diseases nurses; knowledge; practices; attitude; obesity
Description Background: The prevalence of obesity has been rising globally, and this is leading to an increase in other non-communicable diseases. The level of obesity knowledge among nurses may have an impact on how they treat and perceive obese patients.Aim: The study aimed to ascertain the knowledge, attitudes and practices of nurses regarding obesity at private healthcare facilities located in Namibia’s Oshana Region.Setting: A total of four private healthcare facilities in Namibia’s Oshana area served as the study’s sites.Methods: A quantitative cross-sectional research design using proportional stratified random sampling was used to choose 250 respondents for the study. A questionnaire that respondents self-administered was used to gather the data. The reliability and validity of the questionnaire were determined during a pilot study. IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 27 was used for data analysis.Results: Of the participants, about two-fifths had a positive attitude (n = 112; 44.8%), slightly less than two-fifths had good practices (n = 96; 38.4%) and more than one-third had good knowledge (n = 97; 39%). There were differences in knowledge mean scores based on age, occupation, sex and educational level.Conclusion: The results validate the necessity for healthcare facilities to implement nurse education and mentorship initiatives, as well as to recognise and reward nurses who effectively care for patients with obesity.Contribution: This study added literature on knowledge, attitudes and practices of nurses in private healthcare facilities in Namibia, as well as factors that influence knowledge levels among the nurses.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor None
Date 2024-02-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Survet
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v29i0.2385
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 29 (2024); 11 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
Language eng
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Coverage Africa; Namibia; Oshana 2021-2022 Adults; Males and Females; Africa
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Perseverance Moyo, Rehanna Felix