Lydia Aziato

Lydia Aziato
University of Ghana | Legon · The School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONM)

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PhD, MPhil, BA, FWACN, ONDEC, RN
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Introduction
Associate Professor at School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Ghana with specialty in Oncology Nursing. Teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervises research at these levels. Has interest in pain management, cancer nursing, surgical nursing and curriculum development. Has advanced skills in qualitative research and curriculum design. Interested in training and mentoring young nurses and students to enhance their skill and independence. Affable, a team player, and goal driven.
Research Experience
Aug 2016 - Jul 2018
University of Ghana
Position
  • Senior Lecturer, Head, Department of Adult Health
Jul 2001 - Feb 2016
University of Ghana
Position
  • Senior Lecturer
Education
Apr 2011 - Mar 2013
University of the Western Cape
Field of study
  • Nursing
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Project
To do a comparative analysis of institutional arrangements, functioning and effectiveness of nursing governance structures in South Africa and Ghana, thereby contributing to the generation of new knowledge of Human Resource for Health governance, and its contribution to Universal Health Coverage reforms.
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Background: Prior to the advent of modern obstetric services, traditional birth attendants (TBAs) have rendered services to pregnant women and women in labour for a long time. Although it is anticipated that women in contemporary societies will give birth in hospitals and clinics, some women still patronize the services of TBAs. The study therefor...
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Background The purpose of the study was to explore surgical patients’ experiences of discharge planning and home care in the Northern part of Ghana. Methods The study was conducted at a referral hospital located at the Northern part of Ghana. A qualitative explorative descriptive design was adopted for the study. Purposive sampling technique was u...
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Background Suicide is higher among adults with disabilities compared to their counterparts without disabilities and suicide is mostly preceded with suicidal ideations. For each successful suicide, there could be many ideations and attempts. Limited scientific data exist on the issue of mothers with disabilities and suicidal ideations. Therefore, th...
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Introduction: Radiographers are well placed to flag non accidental injury in children due to their unique position within the imaging chain. Being able to identify (or suspect) physical abuse in children and reporting the incident are, however, two different issues. This study was conducted to explore the external influences in the decision making...
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Introduction For nursing practice to be responsive to the needs of patients, it must be driven by contextual research evidence. To guide institutional and national nursing research policy, there is need to determine the quantity and quality of nursing research in Ghana. Purpose The purpose of this integrative literature review was to quantify, crit...
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Background: Preterm birth (PTB) is a leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Every year, 20 million babies are born with low birthweight (LBW), about 96% of which occur in low-income countries. Despite the associated dangers, in about 40%-50% of PTB and LBW cases, the causes remain unexplained. Existing evidence is inconclusive a...
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Objective: The objective of this study was to explore surgical patients’ experiences of preoperative and intraoperative nursing care. Materials and methods: The study was conducted at the Regional Hospital, Bolgatanga, Ghana and employed a qualitative explorative descriptive design. Purposive sampling technique was used to recruit participants. The...
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Background Due to the debilitating effects of severe labour pains, labour pain management continues to be an important subject that requires much attention. Thus, this study sought to gain a detailed insight into the experiences of midwives on pharmacological and non-pharmacological labour pain management strategies in a resource limited clinical c...
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Background Patient advocacy has been identified as a core duty of the nurse, and certain nurse characteristics influence the performance of the role. However, these characteristics have not been adequately explored in Ghana. This study aimed to explore the perspectives of nurses about the characteristics of nurses that influence their role as patie...
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Background: The highest incidence of preterm birth (18%) occurs in Africa but the causes are largely unknown. Some studies have reported adverse effects of maternal physical exertion on birth outcomes. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) is proposed to determine the effectiveness of an intervention reducing lifting and carrying in pregnant women i...
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Introduction There are a number of factors that influence health promotion activities among the youth. This study sought to gain a comprehensive understanding of the facilitators and inhibitors of health promotion among the youth from the perspectives of community leaders in a rural setting in South Africa. Methods The study adopted an exploratory,...
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Aim: To explore Ghanaian nurses' knowledge of invasive procedural pain in children who are in hospital and to identify the effect of unrelieved pain on children, parents and nurses. Method: An exploratory, descriptive and qualitative design was adopted. A purposive sampling technique was used and individual face-to-face, semi-structured intervie...
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Given the emerging global youth disengagement epidemic, anticipated population growth, and the threat of continued rural–urban migration among young adults, recent research has focused on community leadership practice and the factors that influence youth engagement at the local level. Studying these practices and factors can elicit interventions th...
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Background: Although social participation has been linked to positive physical and mental health outcomes, elderly people in rural areas remain highly disengaged. Also, few studies have examined community residents' perceptions of the barriers and opportunities for the elderly to participate in community activities. Purpose: This article highlig...
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Objective: Drug dependency has been typified as a persistent relapsing disorder. Overall, 65% of people with substance use disorders relapse within one year after treatment. Recent interventions have focussed on contextually relevant relapse prevention strategies. This study explored relapse prevention strategies utilised by patients recovering fro...
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Background: A 2010 study of preceptorship as a clinical teaching model in Ghana revealed weaknesses related to high student-preceptor ratios and inadequate support from faculty in the educational institution. A four-cycle community-based participatory action research study was designed to further delineate clinical teaching and learning issues and...
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Background Women have experienced severe labour pain over the years and various attempts have been made to effectively manage labour pain. However, there is paucity of literature on the labour pain experience and perceptions about labour pain with the contemporary Ghanaian health system. Therefore this study sought to gain an in-depth understanding...
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Background The use of complementary and alternative medicine including herbal medicine is increasing in many countries including Ghana. However, there is paucity of research on the perspectives of patrons of herbal medicine regarding the facilitators and barriers of herbal medicine use. This study sought to investigate the facilitators and barriers...
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Background Religiosity in health care delivery has attracted some attention in contemporary literature. The religious beliefs and practices of patients play an important role in the recovery of the patient. Pregnant women and women in labour exhibit their faith and use religious artefacts. This phenomenon is poorly understood in Ghana. The study so...
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Background Beliefs surrounding pain during childbirth has biblical foundations that contribute to labour pain being viewed as a natural phenomenon. Contemporary health care promotes evidence-based labour pain management but the faith of the midwife may influence her midwifery practice regarding labour pain management. Therefore this study sought to...
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Relapse to substance abuse is a global problem and is conceptualized as an integral component of the recovery process. Global statistics on rates of relapse after substance abuse treatment are disturbingly high, averaging about 75% within a 3- to 6-month duration after treatment. This study sought to gain full understanding of the factors that prec...
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Many individuals remain skeptical about the safety and use of herbal medicine thereby slowing the efforts being made to integrate herbal medicine into Ghana’s health system. This study sought to provide an in-depth description of the clinical use of herbal medicine in Ghana through interviews with participants at two locations—a national research c...
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Objective: This study sought to investigate the experiences and perceptions of adolescents who have experienced a recent pregnancy and undergone a termination of pregnancy. Design: A vignette-based focus group approach was utilized to have adolescents reflect on scenarios that happen to others during an unwanted pregnancy. Setting: The study w...
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Background: Nurses are known to inadequately manage pain. Patients and other care givers allude that nurses do not empathize and cannot appreciate the pain they go through. Aim: This study sought to explore nurses' personal pain experiences such as types of pain, the response to pain, effects and management of pain. Methods: A qualitative interpret...
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Background: Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide. Breast self-examination (BSE) remains the most effective means of early detection of breast cancer among women in middle- and low-income countries where mammography is neither available nor affordable. Aim: This study explored the influence of educational level on...
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Introduction: Nurses globally have strived to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) especially those in academia. Few publications have focused on lived experiences of nurses especially those reporting failed attempts. Thus, this paper presents how lessons learnt from a failed attempt of a PhD in Nursing was used to achieve an outstanding succ...
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Pain assessment is an important component of pain management and health professionals require valid tools to assess pain to guide their pain management decisions. The study sought to select, develop, and validate context-appropriate unidimensional pain scales for pain assessment among adult post-operative patients. A mixed methods design was adopte...
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This study explored the psychosocial factors influencing family caregivers during the care of patients who had undergone surgery and were in pain. Family caregivers play key roles in the care of post-surgical patients in different cultures. However, research has not adequately explored family caregivers’ experiences within the post-operative contex...
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Clinical guidelines involve statements that guide clinicians to provide effective care to patients. However, there are no context appropriate clinical guidelines for post-operative pain (POP) management in Ghana. This study sought to develop such a clinical guideline. The study adopted a participatory approach drawing from the existing literature t...
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Background: Oxygen therapy is an integral part of emergency and immediate post-operative management. Objectives: The study sought to gain full understanding on nurses’ perspectives on clinical administration of oxygen within the emergency and immediate post-operative environment. Methods: The study employed a descriptive qualitative design to achie...
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This study explored the psychosocial factors influencing family caregivers during the care of patients who underwent surgery and are in pain. Family caregivers play key roles in the care of post-surgical patients in different cultures. However, research has not adequately explored family caregivers’ experiences within the post-operative context in...
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Quality of acute care has attracted attention in recent years with policy initiatives in Ghana. Such initiatives need to be complemented with patient feedback systems for strengthening quality. Therefore the goal of this study is to examine factors associated with quality of acute care and to propose a range of options for improving the existing mo...
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Background: Dysmenorrhoea is a common problem of women at the reproductive age and may have negative effect on the education of females at various stages on the educational ladder. Context and purpose: This study sought to gain an in-depth understanding of the experience of dysmenorrhoea and its effect on female students in a secondary and a tertia...
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Study objective: The study sought to gain an in-depth understanding of primary dysmenorrhea management and coping strategies for dysmenorrhea among adolescents and young adults who were in school. Design: The study adopted a qualitative exploratory approach using a descriptive phenomenology to explore the phenomenon of interest. Setting: The study...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the emotional and psychosocial experiences of Ghanaian women living with advanced breast cancer in the Kumasi metropolis. The study employed a qualitative exploratory descriptive design. Purposive sampling approach was used and data was saturated with 10 participants aged between 32 and 65 years. All intervi...
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The experience of pain associated with surgery has been a challenge for health care professionals for many years, and culture is said to influence pain. This study focused on patients' experiences of postoperative pain (POP) and factors that affect POP. The study employed qualitative ethnographic principles. Data were collected through individual f...
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Abstract Researchers in this study explored the reactions of women with breast cancer and identified factors influencing treatment decisions. A qualitative exploratory approach was employed. Participants were recruited from a tertiary Hospital and a breast cancer support group. Purposive sampling recruited 12 women. It was found that women identifi...
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Pilot observation is good; it helped me during my doctorate since I was also a novice at the time. If you need any further experience, will be will to share. Cheers
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You need to understand the 'politics' of the setting of your study so that you can be 'accepted'. Be sure of the type of observation appropriate for your study and use it consistently. Make sure you handle the gate keeping policies accurately. You need an exploratory information about the setting so that you don't miss specific events. Depending on the type of observation you choose, you have to devise ways of capturing your data. Perhaps, you may consider conducting some pilot observations in another similar setting if it is your first time. Best wishes
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The Reader contains educative and exciting chapters centred on the nursing profession and research areas of faculty members. The target readers are nursing students of all categories, nurse educators, administrators, clinicians, and researchers locally and internationally.
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Post-operative pain is best managed by a multi-disciplinary team approach. An extensive review of the literature indicated that little is known about the roles of surgeons, anaesthetists, and pharmacists regarding post-operative pain management in Ghana. Therefore, this study was undertaken in order to fully understand how health professionals perc...
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There are concerns about adequacy of nurses' knowledge and skill in effective pain management since effective pain management promotes early recovery after surgery. This study explores factors that accounted for Ghanaian nurses' inadequate knowledge of postoperative pain management using a focused ethnographic design for data collection at a tertia...
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The unknown outcome of surgery has always been a source of anxiety for patients and their relatives. However, the experiences of Ghanaian surgical patients have not been adequately explored. This study sought to have an in-depth exploration of the preoperative experiences of Ghanaian general surgical patients to inform effective preoperative care....
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Nurses form an indispensable part of the clinical team that manages postoperative pain (POP). Within a particular clinical context, nurses perceive and respond to pain based on specific factors. This study aimed at illuminating the perceptions and responses of Ghanaian surgical nurses regarding their patients' POP. It also identified the factors th...