Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
Vol. 25, No. 4, 2013, pp. 109-112
Bioline Code: mm13027
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2013, pp. 109-112
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Therapeutic commitment for general nurses in dealing with mental health problems of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Blantyre, Malawi|
Chorwe-Sungani, G. & Shangase, N.
Therapeutic commitment of general nurses influences their provision of
mental health care to clients. It is the general nurses’ predisposition for
working therapeutically with clients who have mental health problems
(MHPs). In Malawi, general nurses are the majority of health care professionals
who care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and they
are expected to deal with the mental health problems of these patients.
The provision of mental health care to PLWHA is vital because apart
from the physical illnesses associated with the virus, these people are also
affected by mental health problems. However, most general nurses, feel
neither confident nor competent when dealing with the mental health
problems of their clients in Malawi. This may negatively influence their
therapeutic commitment in dealing with mental health problems of PLWHA.
However, therapeutic commitment of general nurses in providing
mental health care to PLWHA in Malawi remains unknown.
Materials and Methods
The study used a quantitative descriptive survey design. a convenient
sample comprising of 136 general nurses was used and data was collected
using Mental Health Problems Perception Questionnaire. Permission to
use the tool in this study was granted by Prof. Lauder. Ethical approval
to conduct the study was granted by Ethics Committees at University
of KwaZulu Natal and University of Malawi. Data were analysed using
Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 15.0.
The study findings revealed that there is a linear relationship between
general nurses’ levels of knowledge and skills and their therapeutic
commitment (r=.40, n=136, p<.05) to provide mental health care of
This study suggests general nurses’ levels of therapeutic commitment in
dealing with MHPs of PLWHA vary and their levels of knowledge and
skill to deal with MHPs influence their willingness to provide mental
health care to PLWHA.
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