Nurse's experiences of leprosy related stigma in Ghana
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Background: Leprosy has long been associated with stigma and the disease causes a lot of suffering to those affected, not only physically but also emotionally and psychologically due to the effects of stigma.
Aim: To describe the nurse’s experiences of leprosy related stigma in the Central Region of Ghana.
Methods: A qualitative interview study with semi-structured interviews. Seven individual interviews were conducted four with nurses working at a hospital, specializing in leprosy care, at in the Central Region of Ghana. The data was analyzed using a content analysis based on Graneheim and Lundmans concept.
Results: The nurses described an exclusion affecting leprosy patients because of their disease. Significant factors, such as lack of knowledge and social circumstances, could be linked to leprosy related stigma.
Discussions: The result was discussed using Watson's theory of human, referring to eight of her ten carative factors. Three main subjects were identified and discussed related to the result. These were educational factors, social factors and stigmatization.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 30 p.
Stigma, leprosy, nursing, education, Ghana, healthcare
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-3941OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-3941DiVA: diva2:726710
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Prahl, Charlotte, Director of Studies Advanced Level, Senior Lecturer
Kneck, Åsa, Deputy Lecturer, PhD Student