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Show simple item record Amkongo, Petrus A. 2014-05-13T08:56:08Z 2014-05-13T08:56:08Z 2012
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dc.description Submitted in accordance with requirements for the Degree of Masters in Nursing Science. en_US
dc.description.abstract The effects of hypertension are cumulative with regard to its negative influence on the organ system in the body. Equipped with the right knowledge, a person can either prevent or slow down these cumulative effects or adapt to the changing life styles. An afflicted person can adapt to his/her condition and make certain life style changes which must be maintained permanently. A person’s success in adhering to the necessary adjustments will depend to a certain extent on how he or she experiences the life style changes as well as the effects of medicines which are prescribed. It is not readily apparent how well patients are being prepared and educated to counteract hypertension and how to slow down its cumulative effects. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the lived experiences of patients diagnosed with hypertension in the Oshana Region in Northern Namibia with the aim of developing guidelines on how to make the necessary life style changes which would ameliorate their condition. The research design in this study was qualitative, exploratory, descriptive and contextual in nature. The population consisted of participants who were treated for hypertension and a purposive sampling method was utilized. A total number of ten participants were interviewed and the data collection ended only when data saturation was obtained. The findings were presented in three main categories and sub-categories. The first main category is “experiencing varying degrees of comprehension of the disease process”. This main category does not have any subcategory. The second main category is “positive and negative experiences regarding treatment”. The two sub-categories of this main category are “experiences of beneficial effects of medicine” and “experiences of negative effects of medicines”. The third main category is “inadequate information sharing by health workers” with its two sub-categories namely, “lack of information regarding possible sexual dysfunction” and “lack of information regarding the type of foods to eat or types of drinks to consume”. The findings through the three main categories and sub-categories indicated that participants received inadequate information from health care workers regarding the disease process as well as types of effects medicines could have on the body. Participants also had inadequate social support systems and they had negative experiences with regard to treatment. It was concluded that these participants were not prepared by health care workers how to cope with this chronic illness, and that their medicine dosages and scheduling might not be totally individualized. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Lived experiences en_US
dc.subject Hypertension en_US
dc.subject Person en_US
dc.subject Health en_US
dc.subject Environment/ Context en_US
dc.title The lived experiences of patients who are diagnosed with hypertension in the Oshana region in northern Namibia. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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