Factors influencing nurses' intention to care for patients with emerging infectious diseases: Application of the theory of planned behavior

Jiyeon Lee, Sook Jung Kang

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Abstract

Emerging infectious diseases have caused many health problems and have been identified as a major health issue worldwide. The aim of this descriptive, cross-sectional survey study was to investigate nursing intention among nurses caring for emerging infectious disease patients in Korea and to describe factors influencing nurses' intention to care by applying the theory of planned behavior. A total of 147 Korean nurses were included and data accrued using an online questionnaire. Among the independent variables, perceived behavioral control, attitudes toward the behavior, and sex significantly influenced nursing intention. These variables explained 55.1% of nursing intention to care for patients with emerging infectious diseases, and perceived behavioral control (confidence or self-efficacy in caring for patients) was the strongest predictor. These findings showed the usefulness of the theory of planned behavior in predicting nurses' intention to care for patients with emerging infectious diseases. Providing an educational program on caring for patients with pandemic diseases would also increase self-confidence and reduce concerns. In addition, institutional support, such as compensation payments and recognition from administrators, would also strengthen positive attitudes among nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-90
Number of pages9
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020

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Keywords

  • Korea
  • emerging infectious disease
  • intention
  • nursing
  • theory of planned behavior

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