KNOWLEDGE AND SELF- CARE PRACTICES OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE PATIENTS IN RURAL ZIMBABWE- IMPLICATIONS FOR ADULT LEARNING

Author's Name: Morgan Peter Mabuto & Tsitsi Handara
Subject Area: Social Science and Humanities
Subject Other
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

High blood pressure, perceptions, self-care, adult learning, descriptive survey


Abstract

This study sought to examinerural- based high blood pressure patients’ levels of knowledgeand perceptions of self- care practices following evidence of rising rates of mortality and morbidity due to hypertension, globally and locally. Orem’s (1991) Self-care Nursing Theory which emphasises knowledge of disease and self- care practices by practitioners and patients guided the study. A descriptive survey design was used to solicit rich data from a random sample of thirty (30) hypertensive patients. The descriptive qualitative data that were collected using semi- structured interviews were presented and analysed qualitatively through coding and theme building processes. The findings showed a mean score of seventy- four ( 74%), for the number of participants with low levels of knowledge of causative factors and self- care practices of high blood pressure. The results had implications for adult learning and policy reform by government towards health for all.

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