Nurses' attitudes and perceived barriers to pressure ulcer prevention in Jordan

A. Tubaishat, M. Aljezawi, M. Al Qadire

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Objective: to explore Jordanian nurses' attitudes toward pressure ulcer prevention and to identify their perceived barriers to care in pressure ulcer prevention. Method:A cross-sectional multi-centre study was undertaken in four hospitals in Jordan. the registered nurses and nurse assistants working at these sites were requested to complete a self-administered questionnaire. results:In total, 428 completed questionnaires were returned. the participant nurses hold positive attitudes regarding pressure ulcers prevention (mean=3.91). the only factor that seems to have an effect on the positive attitude was the experience of the participants (χ2[2, n=227]=6.38; [=0.041). the positive attitude was enhanced with increased number of years of experience. Several barriers to good practice were reported by the participants, including: lack of staff (86.2%), time (83.6%), and patient conditions (68.6%). conclusion:Findings of this study suggest that positive attitudes are not enough to change practice. Several barriers need to be resolved first if effective prevention is to be provided. this should form a reference dataset that needs to be addressed in the tissue viability field in Jordan, which is still in its infancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-497
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of wound care
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitudes
  • Barriers
  • Jordan
  • Pressure ulcer
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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