The effects of occupational health nurse-initiated education on workers knowledge, attitude and practice regarding blood donation

Henriett Hirdi, Veronika Rajki, Judit Mészáros, Ágoston Szél, Zoltán Z. Nagy

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Abstract

Aim. The authors' aim was to assess the level of knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) regarding blood donation among workers after an occupational health nurse-initiated education. Material and methods. The authors providing educational brochure on blood donation via company-wide intranet and company newsletters, then the survey was conducted between August and December 2010 in a major company, using a convenience sampling method. In the course of the survey an anonymous, self-completion questionnaire has been developed based on the Eurobarometer 41.0 (1995): Europeans and Blood, supplemented with the authors' own questions. They used mixed-mode data collection: traditional paper-based questionnaire and web-based survey. The authors analysed the gathered data with Microsoft Excel 2003 software, using a descriptive statistical method and chi-square tests. Results. The survey was completed by 483 self-registered workers. The sample consisted of 63% male and 37% female. The respondents were between the ages of 18-60 years. 68% of the sample judged their state of health to be very good or excellent. 82% of respondents were donors. After the education more than three quarters (88%) of total respondents had good knowledge of blood donation. 53% of the respondents cited the company internal communication as main source of information regarding blood donation. Conclusions. The authors stress the importance of educating and informing workers, because based on the results it can be concluded that education by occupational health nurses can positively contribute to strongly increase KAP towards blood donation among workers and might lead to higher blood donation rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-135
Number of pages4
JournalNew Medicine
Volume2013-January
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Blood donation
  • Education
  • Occupational health nurse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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