Self-health attitudes and practices of obstetrics and gynecology nurses in Israel

B. Kaplan, Y. Yogev, M. Fisher, B. Gal, A. Dekel, J. Sulkes, D. Rabinerson

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the attitude of obstetrics and gynecology nurses towards their own health and their health-related behaviors. Methods: Two hundred and ninety community obstetrics and gynecology nurses in Israel were asked to complete a questionnaire on attitude to self-health, way of life, smoking habits, and regular breast, blood and PAP smear examinations. Results: The average body mass index of the responders was 25.2 kg/m2. However, more than half the nurses (163/287, 56.8%) considered themselves as being above-average in weight, and only 41.1% as being appropriate in weight; 55% were on weight-loss diets. Smoking was reported by 44.8%. Blood tests, PAP smears and breast evaluations were regularly done by 72.5%, 83.0% and 55.7%, respectively. Conclusion: Obstetrics and Gynecology nurses in Israel are aware of the importance of their own health and have good health habits, except for cigarette smoking, which remains a problem among this group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-116
Number of pages2
JournalClinical and Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume29
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gynecologic nurses
  • Obstetrics nurses

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