2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Investigation of Self-Care Knowledge of College Students
Gregory M. Day
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 Truman students. Validated by a pilot study in Spring of 2005 (N=82), further support is found in the knowledge that approximately 52% of the appointments for upper respiratory infections at the Student Health Center could have been safely avoided with proper self-care knowledge. A 12-question pre and post test survey was administered to evaluate the self-care knowledge of 304 students (N=304) in HLTH 195. Students experienced a 45-minute presentation on basic self-care knowledge and allowed to keep a copy of the Mayo Clinic Guide to Self-Care for one week. Findings indicated a significant (p<.05) 32% increase in overall self-care knowledge of students, showing the effectiveness of a brief presentation and warranting further research in this area.

Keywords: Health, Self-Care, Health Services, Mayo-Clinic, Health Care

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 60-34
Location: OP Lobby and Atrium
Time: 4:15

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