School of Nursing
Joan Such Lockhart
Judith Lupo Wold
Cardiovascular disease, knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs, Country of Georgia, young adults
Introduction: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for 46% of all mortality in the country of Georgia (former Soviet Union). Young adults in that country have not been studied regarding CVD and a need exists to understand lifestyle modifications to promote cardiovascular health.
Design: An interpretive description qualitative design was used to explore Georgian young adults’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of CVD preventative practices and life experiences.
Methods: A convenience sample of 19 ethnic Georgian participants (18 to 40 years old) who were fluent in either English, Georgian, or Russian from a local private university was used. Semi-structured interviews were conducted via video conferencing utilizing an interpreter.
Results: Four themes were identified: 1) CVD and risk factor knowledge, 2) prevention attitudes, beliefs, and gender differences, 3) health literacy influences, and 4) culture and societal impacts. CVD knowledge was limited and influenced by health literacy and the current healthcare system in Georgia.
Conclusion: Cultural and societal gender norms influence cardiovascular health behaviors.
Crawford, K. (2022). Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Young Georgian Adults (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/2157