"I think one of the ways they will help is to create awareness": primary school teachers’ perceptions of cardiovascular diseases in Nigeria

Udeh, Kingsley, Nwakasi, Candidus and Fulton, John (2019) "I think one of the ways they will help is to create awareness": primary school teachers’ perceptions of cardiovascular diseases in Nigeria. Global Health Promotion.

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Abstract

The increasing incidence and prevalence of non-communicable diseases is a major global health concern. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) account for the highest percentage of deaths related to non-communicable diseases, and low and middle-income countries (LMIC) face the highest burden of CVDs. Understanding the knowledge and perception of CVDs and their risk factors in an LMIC such as Nigeria may play an important role in cardiovascular health promotion and improvement plans to reduce CVD-related deaths. A qualitative study was conducted using semi-structured interviews to gain an in-depth understanding of some personal and sociocultural views on CVDs and their risk factors. The participants were purposively sampled primary school teachers in South-Eastern Nigeria. Thematic analysis approach was used for data analysis. The study findings include knowledge of heart disease, perceived causes and risk factors of CVDs, spirituality, and the way forward. Overall, the knowledge of CVDs in the setting was found to be related to the psychosocial nature of the participants; the effectiveness of any intervention needs to take these factors into consideration. For example, health policies for CVD health education and awareness should be tailored to address some of the issues of belief, values, and religion, as mentioned in the study.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Social Sciences > Working with Young People
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: John Fulton
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 16:21
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2020 14:08
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/11433

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