Thursday, June 27, 2019

Alvarez: On healthcare research and updates

NURSES conduct researches to investigate, explore, and discover appropriate nursing care to patient’s priority needs. Since change is always present, nurses have to update themselves of the current evidence-based practices.

Last December 6 to 8, 2018, several professors from Davao City attended the 4th Nurses’ International Congress with the theme “Health Care Technologies and Innovators in the 4th Industrial Revolution” at St. Paul University Philippines-Tuguegarao. Four of them presented their recent researches on health.

Dr. Liza G. Floresca presented her metasynthesis on Caregiver’s Perspective on Caring for Post-Stroke Survivors in a Home-based setting. Results revealed that caregiving has an impact on caregivers.

Floresca also discussed the burden of care, challenges of caring, unmet needs and support, and coping strategies. The review concluded that caregiver’s perspective on caring for post-stroke survivors varies depending on the severity of symptoms due to stroke. The findings highlighted the need for multidimensional interventions in addressing the negative experiences among caregivers. It also revealed that the type of home-based care should vary according to problems and experiences involved.

She also said a flexible model of care is needed to be adapted to the needs of both stroke survivors and caregivers.

Roy Cresencio Linao and Dinna Rose Bayog, on the other hand, presented their study on Knowledge, Perception and Attitudes of Lay Volunteers toward Death and Dying.

Results revealed that there is no significant relationship among the variables mentioned in the study towards death and dying. The researchers said such result shall be a reference for the best possible care that a lay volunteer can deliver to patients with terminal cases, especially among very young children.

Ma. Nelia C. Ruta, Magnolia May A. Jadulang, and Floresca presented on Social Support of Significant Others for People Living with HIV/Aids in Selected Facilties in Davao City. Results revealed that the extent of social support is great.

There is also a significant relationship between the social support of the significant others and PLHIV/ AIDS educational attainment, economic status, and length of anti-viral therapy but not with age, gender, marital status, number of household member, type of work, community membership and sources of financial assistance. The researchers then recommend to the significant others to continue their support to PLHIV/AIDS because they need it more than anybody else.

It was great to see nurse professors from Davao City sharing their research results to provide knowledge and contribute to the industry.


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