ASSESSMENT OF NURSES’ KNOWLEDGE REGARDING NUTRITIONAL MANAGEMENT OF DIABETIC PATIENTS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL, PESHAWAR
Keywords:assessment, diabetes mellitus, knowledge, nurses, nutritional management
Introduction: Numerous diagnostic and treatment standards guide are available for diabetic care. Health care providers must be fully aware of these guidelines to provide better care. In order to highlight area of deficiency and to enhance educational program on diabetes, this study was design to assess nurses’ knowledge in this regard.
Material & Methods: A cross-sectional study design was carried out to assess nurses’ knowledge regarding nutritional management of diabetes mellitus in a public and a private tertiary care hospitals of Peshawar from August to December 2019. By using convenient sampling technique, 100 nurses were selected for this study. Informed consent was signed from the participants and permission was taken from both hospitals’ administration. Data were collected by using nutritional Management of Diabetes Knowledge Test (NMDKT) questionnaire and analysed through SPSS version 22.0
Results: In a sample of (n=100), 76% of the included population was less than 30 years of age, 61% were female participants. Work experience of the 59% was less than 5 years and 60% of the participants had an appropriate knowledge regarding nutritional management of patients with diabetes mellitus.
Conclusion: Nurses working on bedside especially, in medicine and endocrinology units should be offered refresher courses and workshops on diabetes nutritional management to keep the nurses’ knowledge updated and to make nurses’ efficiently deal with this globally growing issue.