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UNDERSTANDING THE KNOWLEDGE LEVEL AND ATTITUDES OF PREGNANT WOMEN IN PASSING ON SICKLE CELL DISEASE by JENNIFER LEE GOSS JOHN W. SMITH, COMMITTEE CHAIR WILLIAM G. ADAMS CATHERINE G. BOWER JAMES L. COLLINS RICHARD DEAN A RESEARCH PROPOSAL Submitted to the graduate faculty of Delta State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science in Nursing CLEVELAND, MISSISSIPPI 2011 DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY ROBERT E.
Sickle cells are stiff and sticky and tend to block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs. Blocked blood flow causes serious infections, pain, and organ damage. Patients are born with it. People who inherit a normal gene from one of the parent and sickle hemoglobin gene from the other parent exhibit a sickle cell trait. People with a sickle cell trait do not have Sickle cell anemia but have one gene that causes the disease. Approximately 2,500 people have sickle cell anaemia. This disease is now prevalent among pregnant women. A study on sickle cell anaemia in pregnant women is very significant for it will impart knowledge on this condition in relation to the woman’s and the in-born child’s health. However, the study is challenging as people have very little knowledge on this disease. The study seeks the relevance between the level of knowledge and the attitudes of pregnant women with the sickle cell trait from the Mississippi Delta and the sickle cell disease. ...
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