Keywords:attitude, persons with disabilities, registered nurses, rehabilitation
Objectives: This study examined attitudes and factors related with the attitudes towards persons with disabilities (PWD) of registered nurses who worked under the Ministry of Public Health, Saraburi province.
Study design: Descriptive cross-sectional study.
Setting: Provincial and District Health Offices, and hospitals under the Ministry of Public Health in Saraburi.
Subject: There were 252 registered nurses working at the provincial and district health offices and hospitals under the Ministry of Public Health in Saraburi.
Methods: The Attitudes Towards Disabled Persons Scale, Thai version (Thai-ATDP) was used for data collection. Other information, including demographic data, previous experiences, family history and opportunity to be in contact with PWD, self-rated knowledge and experience in caring for PWD were also collected using questionnaires.
Results: The findings indicated that the registered nurses in Saraburi had positive attitudes towards PWD. Duration of nursing practice and duration of caring for PWD had a significant impact on the level of Thai-ATDP (p<0.05), persons with longer durations of practice had less positive attitude. Gender, age, educational level, workplaces, opportunity to meet or contact PWD, experience with PWD in addition to service and relatives or important persons are PWD had no statistically significant effect on attitudes of the registered nurses towards PWD. Most of them reported moderate level of knowledge of PWD, in line with the training on PWD care; and they served PWD more meticulously and spent time with them more than usual.
Conclusion: Registered nurses in all level of facilities in Saraburi had positive attitudes towards PWD. Those with longer duration of practice or longer duration of caring for PWD had a less positive attitude towards PWD.
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