Tags

Type your tag names separated by a space and hit enter

Nurses' knowledge and attitudes to HIV/AIDS--an international comparison between Finland, Estonia and Lithuania.
Int J Nurs Pract. 2010 Apr; 16(2):138-47.IJ

Abstract

This paper presents baseline data on nurses' knowledge of and attitudes to HIV/AIDS in three countries: Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is steadily increasing in Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. At the same time, labour mobility and also nursing mobility between these countries increases. Previous international studies have shown that lack of knowledge and negative attitudes continue to exist. A total of 681 registered nurses from one Finnish (n = 322), one Estonian (n = 191) and one Lithuanian (n = 168) hospital were surveyed in spring 2006. The questionnaire was originally developed by Held in 1993 and modified for this study. The questionnaire has three scales: demographic and other background variable, nurses' knowledge related to HIV/AIDS, and nurses' attitudes towards people with HIV/AIDS and towards the disease itself. Across the whole sample respondents showed average levels of HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes towards people with HIV/AIDS. Years of work experience correlated negatively with the knowledge and attitude levels. A significant correlation was found between the level of knowledge and attitudes. Significant differences were found between countries, Finnish nurses showing the highest knowledge levels and most positive attitudes towards patients with HIV/AIDS. Factors positively influencing levels of knowledge and attitudes were education, previous experience of providing care to HIV/AIDS patient or knowing someone with the infection, and willingness to provide care to HIV/AIDS patients. Supplementary education is needed to strengthen nurses' knowledge. It is important to recognize that there might be differences in knowledge and attitudes between neighbour countries. This needs to be taken into account when planning education for degrees and for further nursing education.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Nursing Science, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland. tarja.suominen@uta.fiNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20487059

Citation

Suominen, Tarja, et al. "Nurses' Knowledge and Attitudes to HIV/AIDS--an International Comparison Between Finland, Estonia and Lithuania." International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol. 16, no. 2, 2010, pp. 138-47.
Suominen T, Koponen N, Mockiene V, et al. Nurses' knowledge and attitudes to HIV/AIDS--an international comparison between Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. Int J Nurs Pract. 2010;16(2):138-47.
Suominen, T., Koponen, N., Mockiene, V., Raid, U., Istomina, N., Vänskä, M. L., Blek-Vehkaluoto, M., & Välimäki, M. (2010). Nurses' knowledge and attitudes to HIV/AIDS--an international comparison between Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 16(2), 138-47. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2010.01822.x
Suominen T, et al. Nurses' Knowledge and Attitudes to HIV/AIDS--an International Comparison Between Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. Int J Nurs Pract. 2010;16(2):138-47. PubMed PMID: 20487059.
* Article titles in AMA citation format should be in sentence-case
TY - JOUR T1 - Nurses' knowledge and attitudes to HIV/AIDS--an international comparison between Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. AU - Suominen,Tarja, AU - Koponen,Niina, AU - Mockiene,Vida, AU - Raid,Ulla, AU - Istomina,Natalja, AU - Vänskä,Maj-Lis, AU - Blek-Vehkaluoto,Mari, AU - Välimäki,Maritta, PY - 2010/5/22/entrez PY - 2010/5/22/pubmed PY - 2010/9/15/medline SP - 138 EP - 47 JF - International journal of nursing practice JO - Int J Nurs Pract VL - 16 IS - 2 N2 - This paper presents baseline data on nurses' knowledge of and attitudes to HIV/AIDS in three countries: Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is steadily increasing in Finland, Estonia and Lithuania. At the same time, labour mobility and also nursing mobility between these countries increases. Previous international studies have shown that lack of knowledge and negative attitudes continue to exist. A total of 681 registered nurses from one Finnish (n = 322), one Estonian (n = 191) and one Lithuanian (n = 168) hospital were surveyed in spring 2006. The questionnaire was originally developed by Held in 1993 and modified for this study. The questionnaire has three scales: demographic and other background variable, nurses' knowledge related to HIV/AIDS, and nurses' attitudes towards people with HIV/AIDS and towards the disease itself. Across the whole sample respondents showed average levels of HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes towards people with HIV/AIDS. Years of work experience correlated negatively with the knowledge and attitude levels. A significant correlation was found between the level of knowledge and attitudes. Significant differences were found between countries, Finnish nurses showing the highest knowledge levels and most positive attitudes towards patients with HIV/AIDS. Factors positively influencing levels of knowledge and attitudes were education, previous experience of providing care to HIV/AIDS patient or knowing someone with the infection, and willingness to provide care to HIV/AIDS patients. Supplementary education is needed to strengthen nurses' knowledge. It is important to recognize that there might be differences in knowledge and attitudes between neighbour countries. This needs to be taken into account when planning education for degrees and for further nursing education. SN - 1440-172X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20487059/Nurses'_knowledge_and_attitudes_to_HIV/AIDS__an_international_comparison_between_Finland_Estonia_and_Lithuania_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2010.01822.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -