2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Investigation of Self-Care Knowledge of Underclassmen and Their Use of the On-Campus Health Services
Gregory M. Day*, Lindsay Loughead, and Candice D. Hoskins
Dr. Janice Clark Young, Faculty Mentor

At Truman State University health care services are limited. The purpose of this study was to reduce the unnecessary use of campus health care services by increasing the self-care knowledge of underclassmen, who know the least about self-care and using the health care system. Health care providers at the Student Health Center reported 29% of the appointments could have been avoided with proper self-care. A lesson to increase students’ self-care knowledge and awareness of campus health services was presented to 81 students in HLTH 195. Students were given a 12-question survey before and after the presentation to measure changes in self-care knowledge. Before the presentation, 64% of students agreed they were sure when it was necessary to call a health provider when ill. After the lesson, this number rose to 87%. This indicates the need for further research on undergraduate self-care knowledge and behaviors.

Keywords: Self-Care, health services, Self-Care knowledge, TSU Health Service, Student Health Cente, Proper Self-Care

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 29-30
Location: OP Lobby & Atrium
Time: 1:15

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