Attitude towards pressure injury prevention in nursing students

The prevention of pressure injuries is considered an important indicator of quality in nursing care. It requires a multidisciplinary approach and a leadership role for nurses, but to achieve this, it is necessary to acquire knowledge through educational strategies and to promote a positive attitude towards this aspect of patient care.

It is expected that nursing students carry out preventive measures effectively and accurately, but the way they carry out preventive activities is related to their basic attitudes. Therefore, it is necessary to measure the attitude towards prevention of pressure injuries in students for their correct professional development.

This study is a continuation of a broader research project called Pressure Ulcers as adverse events: patient safety issues, knowledge, attitudes and perceived barriers by nurses in Spain (SECOACBA project) led by Dr. María Dolores López Franco. Here, researchers explored the attitude towards prevention held by nursing students, carried out a psychometric assessment of the Spanish version of the Attitudes towards Pressure ulcer Prevention (APuP) questionnaire and identified the educational factors associated with attitude.

The results of the study showed that the APuP questionnaire is a valid and reliable instrument for this study population, the attitude towards prevention is not positive in students, showing a possible effect correlating clinical practice and increased knowledge with a less favourable attitude

The article is available at:

Pérez-López C; López-Franco MD, Comino-Sanz IM, Pancorbo-Hidalgo PL. Actitud hacia la prevención de lesiones por presión en estudiantes de enfermería: cuestionario APuP. Gerokomos. 2021;32(1):43-50.

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