Term of Award

Spring 1990

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Committee Chair

Sharon Merrefield

Committee Member 1

Charlene M. Hanson

Committee Member 2

Rebecca Ryan

Abstract

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) was identified by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a divisions of the National Institute of Health, as an area greatly lacking in research activities (as cited in Strandness, 1987). As life expectancy increases, the incidence of peripheral vascular disease increases also. Self-care practices can prevent all or at least some of the complications of peripheral vascular disease.

This project is a descriptive, exploratory study of a convenience sample of 50 subjects. The purpose of the project was to identify those self-care practices that might impact upon the prevention of the development of complications in clients with peripheral vascular disease of the lower extremities. A second purpose of this project was to identify gaps that may exist in the client's knowledge base related to self-care practices and the prevention of complications of PVD. Lastly, the results will be used to propose teaching interventions which could meet identified client needs.

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