Nurses' perceptions of climate sensitive vector-borne diseases: a scoping review

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Vandenberg, Shannon Y.
Chircop, Andrea
Sedgwick, Monique
Scott, David R.
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Objective Nurses are well positioned to play an integral role in the mitigation of climate change and climate-driven vector-borne diseases, however, they lack awareness and knowledge about their role. The purpose of this scoping review was to map existing literature on nurses’ perceptions, knowledge, attitudes, and experiences with vector-borne diseases, specifically Lyme disease and West Nile virus. Design A scoping review was conducted using Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) scoping review methodology. CINAHL, ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Premium, MEDLINE, APA PsycINFO, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, and Web of Science were searched for English-language publications. The PRISMA-ScR was used. After initial screening as per study protocol, a total of 33 items were reviewed independently by four reviewers. Results Thirty-three articles, including seven sources from grey literature, met the criteria for this scoping review. Results were mapped according to the five domains of the Guidelines for Undergraduate Nursing Education on Climate-Driven Vector-Borne Diseases. Conclusions Findings from the review indicate that nurses play a role in climate-related health effects and should be knowledgeable about vector-borne diseases. However, scant literature exists on nurses’ knowledge, perceptions, attitudes toward vector-borne diseases, and practice readiness, signifying a need for further research on this emerging topic.
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Knowledge , Nurses , Perception , Scoping review , Vector-borne diseases
Vandenberg, S. Y., Chircop, A., Sedgwick, M., & Scott, D. (2023). Nurses' perceptions of climate sensitive vector-borne diseases: A scoping review. Public Health Nursing, 1-17.