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Student nurses’ risk perception of contracting cervical cancer in Zimbabwe

By Patience Chishamiso Mpata

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Text in EnglishCervical cancer accounts for 34.6% of all the female cancers in Zimbabwe. The purpose of this study was to explore the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of female student nurses regarding cervical cancer in Zimbabwe using the Health Belief Model (HBM) as a theoretical framework. The ultimate aim was to analyse female student nurses’ risk perception of contracting cervical cancer. A quantitative, cross-sectional descriptive research design was used, using a structured questionnaire for data collection. One hundred and thirty-two (132) respondents were conveniently selected. Descriptive and inferential statistics were calculated using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21 software program. The study revealed that 57.9% of the respondents perceive that they are at risk of developing cervical cancer. They believe that screening for cervical cancer is not embarrassing. Knowledge improved with increase in the level of study, there was lack of knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer link. More emphasis on cervical cancer should be put on curricula taught in undergraduate education earlier on in the programme.Health StudiesM.A. (Nursing Science

Topics: Attitudes, Cervical cancer, Health Belief Model (HBM), Knowledge, Perceptions, Screening, Female student nurses, 616.99466096891, Nursing students -- Health risk assessment -- Zimbabwe, Nursing students -- Zimbabwe -- Attitudes, Cervix uteri -- Cancer -- Prevention, Risk perception -- Zimbabwe, Health Belief Model, Health attitudes -- Zimbabwe, Nursing students -- Health and hygiene -- Zimbabwe
Year: 2015
OAI identifier: oai:uir.unisa.ac.za:10500/20233

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