Date of Award

Summer 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Thesis Committee Chairperson

Diane Ryan, PhD, FNP-BC, AGPC-BC, CNE, PHN-BC

Second Reader

Keith Levine

Abstract

A quantitative survey study using SurveyMonkey database was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitude of adult females towards Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) based on Dorothea Orem self-care deficit theory. The information gained from this study will help nurse practitioners identify the deficiencies in CVD knowledge and assist in creating an intervention to help promote healthier choices and reduce risk of events in females. The data will also assist nurse practitioners in recognizing the different ethnically influenced attitudes females have towards CVD and create a more culturally sensitive approach to teaching.

The questionnaire was designed by the researcher and was sent via URL link provided by SurveyMonkey’s secure website. The sample included 61 adult female respondents. The data was analyzed and stratified based on race and age. The findings demonstrated a gap in female knowledge and a dismissive attitude specifically in the Asian American participants. Further research is warranted to understand the reasoning for the discrepancies amongst the races and the continuous disregard of CVD by females.

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