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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1417-1423
Assessment of knowledge of chronic kidney disease among non-nephrology nurses in Akure, South-West Nigeria

1 Department of Medicine, Kidney Care Center, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Ondo State, Nigeria
2 Department of Medicine, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
3 Department of Nursing, Kidney Care Center, Ondo City, Ondo State, Nigeria

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Dr. Oluseyi Ademola Adejumo
Department of Medicine, Kidney Care Center, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Ondo State
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.248288

PMID: 30588975

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Health workers require adequate knowledge of chronic kidney disease (CKD) to be able to play their role in reducing the burden of CKD. Most previous studies focused on assessing knowledge of doctors on CKD; however, nurses are also important in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of CKD. This study assessed the knowledge of non-nephrology nurses on CKD with the aim of identifying areas of knowledge gaps which will be targets for future educational programs. This was a cross-sectional descriptive study carried out among nurses in Akure, Southwest Nigeria during their mandatory continuing professional development program required for practicing license renewal. Knowledge of CKD was assessed using self-administered pretested questionnaires. P <0.05 was taken as significant. One-hundred nurses participated in the study with a male:female ratio of 1:3.7. The mean duration of their nursing experience was 14.5 ± 9.1 years. Only 15% had nephrology posting during their training. Six (6%) of the respondents had good knowledge of CKD, 55 (55%) had fair knowledge, and 37 (37%) had poor knowledge. Only 5% was aware of renal care policy in Nigeria. Junior and intermediate cadre nurses had better knowledge of CKD than senior cadre nurses (P = 0.004). Nurses who had nephrology posting during their training had significantly higher mean knowledge score than others (14.38 ± 2.25 vs. 12.93 ± 3.10, P = 0.036). There were significant deficiencies in the knowledge of CKD among non-nephrology nurses who participated in the study. Junior and intermediate cadre nurses and those who had nephrology postings had better knowledge of CKD.

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