Journal article

Literacy and motivation for the prevention and control of hypertension among female community health volunteers: a qualitative study from Nepal.

Dinesh Neupane, Craig S Mclachlan, Rupesh Gautam, Shiva Raj Mishra, Michael Thorlund, Mette Schlütter, Per Kallestrup

Global Health Action | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The prevalence of hypertension is increasing in Nepal. Thus, there is a need for a programme to improve primary healthcare. One possibility is to assign prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hypertension to female community health volunteers (FCHVs). OBJECTIVE: To assess literacy and motivation to be involved in a hypertension prevention and control programme in Nepal among FCHVs. DESIGN: Five focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted with a total of 69 FCHVs in Lekhnath municipality, Kaski district, Nepal. Seven themes were developed on the basis of data collection: 1) knowledge about hypertension; 2) risk factors of hypertension; 3) prevention and control of hypertension;..

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