Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 613

Full Length Research Paper

Knowledge of hypertension among the staff of University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Ali Arazeem Abdullahi1 and Jimoh Amzat2
1Department of Sociology, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. 2Department of Sociology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Sokoto State, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 March 2011
  •  Published: 31 May 2011

Abstract

Several lines of evidence have suggested that hypertension and its related complications are major health problems not only in Nigeria but the entire world. Thus, this study examined the awareness about the risk factors and complications associated with hypertension at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Questionnaire instrument was used to collect data from a randomly selected 556 subjects selected across faculties, departments and sectional units of the University. The descriptive statistics showed that some members of staff demonstrated a relatively high level of knowledge about the complications associated with hypertension but knowledge about the risk factors and attitude towards the illness was still low. However, level of education significantly influences awareness of complications (at 0.05) and knowledge of risk factors (at 0.05). On-job screening and educative programmes are fundamental ways to improve knowledge about hypertension at the work-place.

 

Key words: Awareness, knowledge, hypertension, high blood pressure, risk factors, complications.