Abigail Kusi Amponsah

Abigail Kusi Amponsah
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology | KNUST

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Background. Despite the relevance of cold chain management in maintaining the potency of vaccines, gaps still exist in the ability of healthcare practitioners to maintain the cold chain system effectively. Thus, the current study sought to assess healthcare providers’ knowledge, attitudes, practices, and challenges regarding cold chain management....
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Purpose The purpose of the study was to assess the association between iron intake and anaemia during pregnancy as well as estimate the prevalence and magnitude of anaemia in pregnancy. Design/methodology/approach A retrospective case-control study was conducted on 383 postnatal women at four health-care facilities. Data on iron supplementation an...
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Elective caesarean sections (CS) that have medical indications contribute to better pregnancy outcomes but women have to consent for the procedure to be performed within reasonable time limits for the desired outcomes. This study aimed to determine the factors that influence women's decision-making and the duration of the decision-making process to...
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Background: Children’s nurses’ knowledge of pain affects their pain management practices. Even though poor knowledge and attitudes have been reported in several studies, most were carried out in developed settings. However, little has been reported on the management of paediatric pain by nurses in resource-limited settings such as in sub-Saharan Af...
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Background: The knowledge and attitudes of nurses and midwives, as well as nursing and midwifery students on paediatric pain are crucial in the management of hospitalized children's pain. However, few studies have addressed the preparedness of nursing and midwifery students to manage children's pain based on their knowledge and attitudes. This stud...
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Background As part of efforts to develop and implement a short course educational program on pediatric pain management, the current study sought to understand the culture and contextual factors that influence children’s pain management in order to improve the practice in pediatric care settings. Methods Guided by Bourdieu’s theory of practice, a f...
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Background: The concept of sustainability suggests development should maintain protective environments for current and future generations. Healthcare practice and research within the Baltic Sea Region, and around the world, have not implemented sustainable development indicators to complement broader existing international goals. In the summer of 2...
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In this article, we compared the content validity of two instruments used in measuring pediat-ric pain knowledge and attitudes. This was considered necessary due to the universal differences in culture, semantics and healthcare resources in different parts of the globe. Thirteen (13) pediatric experts in Ghana assessed the content validity of two i...
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This study aimed at developing an evidence and theory-based pediatric pain educational program (PPEP) for nurses in a resource-limited setting, guided by the MRC’s framework. The PPEP was developed by identifying the evidence of need, identifying an existing theory and modeling the process and outcomes of the educational intervention. The first sub...
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Purpose The purpose of the study was to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a nurse-led mobile phone call intervention on glycemic management and adherence to self-management practices among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in Ghana. Methods This was a pilot randomized controlled trial to compare diabetes care as usual to a m...
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Background Diabetes often coexists with other medical conditions and is a contributing cause of death in 88% of people who have it. The study aimed at evaluating medication adherence, self-care behaviours and diabetes knowledge among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Ghana. Methods A total of 330 participants were recruited into the study...
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Background Elective caesarean section rates are on the rise and socioeconomic status, perceptions of safety, cultural and social influences are contributory factors. Inspite of the benefits of medically-indicated caesarean section, some women refuse this due to a complexity of factors. This study aimed at determining the factors that influence wome...
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Introduction: Improving maternal health is a global public health challenge especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The optimum utilisation of antenatal care (ANC) by pregnant women is known to improve maternal health outcomes. Maternal morbidity and mortality rates in Ghana remain unacceptably high, particularly in rural settings where skilled delivery...
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Cervical cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed and the fourth commonest cause of cancer death among women worldwide. Even though cervical cancer is preventable, its screening rate has been reported to be low in Ghana. To the best of our knowledge, no study has focused on the utilisation and perceptions of cervical cancer among women in the...
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Background: The knowledge and attitudes of nurses and midwives, as well as nursing and midwifery students on pediatric pain are crucial in the management of hospitalized children's pain. However, few studies have addressed the preparedness of nursing and midwifery students to manage children's pain based on their knowledge and attitudes. This study...
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Aim: To explore the educational needs of nurses on children's pain management. Design: A descriptive qualitative study. Methods: Individual and group interviews were conducted among 28 nurses and four nurse managers at four hospitals in the Ashanti region of Ghana. The recorded interviews were later transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed ba...
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Pain is one of the commonest reasons why children visit the hospital. Inadequately treated pain in children can negatively affect their physical, psychological, and social well-being; it also places financial burden on families of affected children and healthcare systems in general. Considering the eventual suffering of vulnerable children and thei...
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Staff shortages, deficient knowledge, inappropriate attitudes, demanding workloads, analgesic shortages, and low prioritization of pain management have been identified in earlier studies as the nursing-related barriers to optimal children’s pain management. These studies have mainly been undertaken in developed countries, which have different healt...
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Background As part of efforts to develop and implement a short course educational program on pediatric pain management, the current study sought to understand the culture and contextual factors that influence children’s pain management in order to improve the practice in pediatric care settings. Methods Guided by Bourdieu’s theory of practice, a fo...
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Introduction: The nature and scope of emergency nursing exposes nurses to a wide array of patient populations with rapidly changing and unexpected clinical conditions, sophisticated logistics and procedures. Hence, emergency centre (EC) nurses ought to be ready to face diverse clinical challenges and deliver care to patients in a timely cost-effec...
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Introduction Nurses encounter children who report of pain of diverse and unknown causes in their professional work. The current study therefore assessed and compared nursing students and nurses’ knowledge and attitudes pertaining to children’s pain in the Ghanaian context. The goal of this was to have a baseline information to guide the development...
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Aim: To describe the lived experiences of mothers with preterm babies at a Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) of a tertiary hospital. Design: A descriptive phenomenological approach. Method: Ten mothers were purposively sampled during the month of May, 2017 to describe their experiences of having preterm babies. Recorded in‐depth individual interviews were...
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Background: Non-pharmacological interventions hold promise in reducing labour pain, with minimal or no harm to the mother, foetus and the progress of labour and are simple and cost-effective. Yet their use has not been adequately explored in clinical settings, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Methods: This was a descriptive phenomenological stu...
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Background: Nurses play an important role in children's pain assessment and management because they spend the majority of the time with them and provide care on a 24-hour basis. However, research studies continue to report on nurses' inadequate assessment and management of children's pain, which may be partly attributed to their insufficient educa...
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Highlights  Participants' postoperative pain felt prolonged than they expected.  Analgesic intake was driven by fear of death, the desire for a reduced level of pain, and enhanced comfort.  Common non-pharmacological methods like conversations, watching television, and meditation was adopted by participants.  Postoperative pain management shoul...
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Highlights  Participants' postoperative pain felt prolonged than they expected.  Analgesic intake was driven by fear of death, the desire for a reduced level of pain, and enhanced comfort.  Common non-pharmacological methods like conversations, watching television, and meditation was adopted by participants.  Postoperative pain management shoul...
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Postoperative pain has been a challenge for the healthcare industry for many years in Africa especially Ghana. However, its management has not received adequate attention like other aspects in the industry as it is evident that clients who undergo surgery continually experience much pain after surgery. The study sought to explore patients’ experien...
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Background The challenges and predictors of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) have been examined in many parts of the world. Considering the socio-cultural dynamics and the few research studies in Ghana, the factors that hinder and predict EBF practice in other countries may be different in the Ghanaian setting. The study therefore sought to assess the...
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Abstract: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic metabolic disorder that has existed for centuries and the most common form of diabetes in adults. Its management encompasses dietary modification, exercise, accident prevention and medications (oral hypoglycemic agents and insulin). Due to the chronic nature of T2DM, adherence to treatment reco...
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Breast cancer has been described as a couple's illness due to the impact it poses on victims and their spouses. A qualitative study was therefore conducted to explore the perception of five married Ghanaian men regarding life with their female partners following mastectomy. Content analysis of transcribed interview data revealed that mastectomy aff...

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