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KARACHI: Pakistan’s first-ever doctorate diploma in nursing has been awarded by the Aga Khan College’s Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM), to Khairulnissa Ajani.

As a part of her PhD, Ajani carried out authentic analysis into hypertension or hypertension – a situation that impacts one in three adults in Pakistan. Her research developed an intervention to judge how effectively behaviour-change methods may assist sufferers higher handle their well being.

Ajani’s analysis discovered low ranges of bodily exercise and poor adherence to a hypertension-friendly weight loss program amongst individuals with hypertension. Curiously, girls, specifically, tended to focus extra on their household’s wellbeing whereas neglecting their very own. Her research additionally emphasises the significance of household help in encouraging a affected person to maintain their well being.

“Developing family support is key to enhancing the health of patients,” Ajani mentioned. “Healthcare providers have to develop practices that raise awareness about hypertension among both the patient and their families.”

The research additionally discovered that nurses can play a key position in growing a optimistic relationship with sufferers which can assist promote a deeper understanding of the necessity for self-care. It additionally highlighted the necessity for professionals to maneuver away from conventional well being schooling methods designed for the general public in the direction of extra personalised healthcare regimes.

SONAM is the primary nursing establishment in Pakistan to launch bachelor, grasp, and PhD {qualifications} in nursing which have opened up analysis, educational and instructing careers within the career. Earlier than the launch of those diploma programmes, nurses may solely aspire to check for diplomas which restricted their careers to medical apply in public or personal sector hospitals.

Ajani has been related to SONAM since 1997 and in addition holds bachelor’s and grasp’s levels from the college. She was the primary candidate to enrol within the college’s PhD programme, which was launched in 2015, and presently serves as assistant dean of instructing, studying, and undergraduate programmes at SONAM.

“Completing a doctorate is a personal milestone and a reward for years of hard work spent on making a substantial contribution to one’s field,” mentioned SONAM’s Dean Professor Rozina Karamaliani. “We are all so proud of Ajani whose personal journey from a practising nurse to a scholar in her field corresponds with the progress that the profession has made as a whole in Pakistan.”

“It is the university chancellor’s vision that nursing in Pakistan can only be improved when nursing professionals can undertake and contribute to locally relevant, evidence-based research for Pakistan through their master’s and PhD studies. This will lead to better healthcare outcomes for the country which can potentially transform the health of our population.”

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