Adel Hameed Al-Obaidy, Huda B. Hassan
Abstract: Background Cirrhosis is an increasing cause of morbidity and mortality in more developed countries. It is the 14th most common cause of death in adults worldwide but the fourth in central Europe, it results in 103 million deaths per year worldwide. Objectives the study aims to evaluate patient', s knowledge about Liver cirrhosis disease. Methodology A purposive sample of 60 patients with compensated and decompensated liver cirrhosis divided for two groups (30 patients study group and 30 patients control group), the study was conducted at Gastroenterology and Hepatology Teaching Hospital. Patient assessment sheet utilized for data collection. A descriptive statistical and inferential analysis was used to analysis the data. Results the findings of present study revealed that the instructional program were effective on patients through the patients responses at posttest which as, the total mean of mean for patients knowledge about liver cirrhosis disease items at pretest was (1.1) in both group which indicate low knowledge to 1.5 at posttest in study group which indicate improvement in their knowledge, and stay (1.1) in control group without change because the patients unexposed to instructional program. Conclusion the study concluded that the patients was improved their knowledge toward the hepatic cirrhosis disease and there is non-significant relationship between level of education and patient knowledge about liver cirrhosis disease. Recommendation Health oriented mass media approach should be employed to improve the awareness about liver cirrhosis disease.
Keywords: hepatic cirrhosis, patients knowledge, education & knowledge