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|Title: ||Cultural Myths and Perceptions Regarding the Usage of Nasogastric Tube amongst Adult Maxillofacial Surgery Patients of a Tertiary Health Centre in Nigeria|
|Authors: ||Akhiwu, B. I.|
Osunde, O. D.
Omeje, K. U.
Efunkoya, A. A.
Amole, O. I.
|Issue Date: ||19-Jun-2017|
|Publisher: ||Journal of Advances in Medicine and Medical Research|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol. 22;Iss. 4: Pp 1-5|
|Abstract: ||Background: Nasogastric tubes (NGT) are used in the clinical setting for the management of
patients who require nutritional support amongst others. Knowledge of the perceptions and Myths
about NGT use would help address the problem associated with its use so that patients care can
Aims: This study is aimed at identifying the common perceptions and myths surrounding NGT use
in adult maxillofacial surgery patients.
Methods: Prospective cross sectional study of adult maxillofacial in-patients of a teaching hospital.
The study period spanned from January, 2012 to December 2013. A total of 73 consenting patients
Results: 35 males and 38 females participated in the study. The mean age was 39.4±1.42 years.
Prior to the insertion of the NGT 52.1% of the patients were of the opinion that the NGT was
necessary while the others had a contrary opinion. Despite considering that NGT use was
necessary 62% of them did not feel that it could help speed up their recovery. The myths
associated with NGT use were that it causes death (n-6, 8.2%), it indicates patient would not
recover (n-11,15.1%) and that it slows down recovery (n=27; 32.9%). Education significantly
affected the perception of NGT use as an indication of terminal illness; with the higher
the educational status the less likely the perception of NGT as an indication of a terminal illness
(P = 0.0001).
Conclusion: The identified myths and negative perceptions have to be addressed with adequate
counseling to help improve patient acceptance of the procedure.|
|Appears in Collections:||Surgery|
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