Study to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Self Instructional Module (SIM) on Knowledge Regarding Swine Flu among School Children
Author(s):
Umamaheswari Pakkirisamy, Vishnu Priya
Keywords:
Swine Flu, School Children, Self Instructional Module, Knowledge
Abstract
School age children represent about 25% of the total population. The population's exact size suggests that the health care of the school children can contribute to the overall health status of the country. Swine flu is the disease caused by Influenza A, a single-stranded, negative-sense RNA virus. This virus preferentially infects young people under 25 years of age. Swine flu can be prevented through vaccination and simple precautions such as washing hands regularly with soap and water and disinfecting hands and surfaces with antibacterial cleaners. So, there is an absolute need to increase the school children's knowledge regarding swine flu. Therefore, the investigator developed and administered a Self-Instructional Module (SIM) regarding swine flu among school children. The result of this study revealed that 74 (74%) school children had inadequate knowledge, 26 (26%) had moderately adequate knowledge, and no one had adequate knowledge in the pre-test, and 11 (11%) had moderately adequate knowledge, 89 (89%) had adequate knowledge, and no one had inadequate knowledge in post-test. While comparing the total level of knowledge between pre-test and post-test, the difference mean value was 11.92 with a standard deviation of 3.66, and the calculated t value was 32.55. It was statistically significant at P<0.05 level. This shows a significant increase in the level of knowledge of school children regarding swine flu after the administration of SIM
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Unique Paper ID: 153012

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 5

Page(s): 239 - 244
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