Assessment of Nurses Knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease
Keywords:Nurses, knowledge, Alzheimer’s disease, Iraq
Insufficient information regarding Alzheimer’s disease (AD) among the healthcare workers can harmfully
affect outcomes of the patient. This designate the necessity for constant knowledge supplement on AD
among them in order to deliver the best care to AD patients as possible and propose the necessity to evaluate
the level of AD understanding among nurses and identify their shortages so as to improve care quality and
promote life quality for individuals with AD. Aims of the study: Current study designed to (i) evaluate the
knowledge concerning AD among the nurses working in the hospitals of Thi-Qar governorate/Iraq, and
(ii) measure the relationship between selected nurses’ demographics and their knowledge on AD. A survey
design was applied to assess the nurses’ knowledge regarding AD.
(i) Self-designed questionnaire was used to collect Socio-demographic characteristics of the participants
which included of 7 items (age, gender, years of experience, educational level, department of work, previous
training, and previous caregiving experience).
(ii) Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge Scale (ADKS) were used to assess nurses’ knowledge regarding
AD. This study was conducted in four Teaching Hospitals in Thi-Qar governorate /Iraq. A 622 nurses
were participated in the study. The results involved answers from 622 nurses. Nurses knowledge was in
average (Mean=15.93). Also, there were a statistically significant relationship between certain demographic
characteristics (Age, previous training, and previous caregiving experience) and knowledge of the nurses
concerning AD. This study exhibited many findings on this important subject, in addition to the demographic
characteristics and its relation to nurses’ knowledge.
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