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A STUDY TO ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PLANNED HEALTH TEACHING REGARDING KNOWLEDGE OF SWINE FLU AMONG STUDENTS IN SELECTED JUNIOR COLLEGE OF AKLUJ.
Alwyn Anil Kale* and Vaishnavi Mahajani
Background - Swine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease of pigs caused by one of several swine influenza viruses. Outbreaks are common in pigs all the year round, and infection in humans is a result of close contact with infected animals. More importantly this new strain now appears to be spread by human to human transmission and hence, it has become pandemic. Aims and Objective - To assess the existing knowledge related to swine flu among students. To assess effectiveness of planned health teaching regarding knowledge of swine flu among students. To assess the association between pre-test and post-test knowledge score. Material and Methods - A self-structured questionnaire was developed for assessing the effect of planned health teaching regarding knowledge of swine flu among the selected Junior college of Akluj. In this study the structured questionnaire was worded in a manner that could minimize the risk of response biases, enhance clarity and unambiguity, and be courteous to the needs and rights of respondents especially when asking questions of highly private nature. Result - samples (81%) were in the age group 16-18 years and very few (19%) were in the age group 18 – 19yrs. Most of the samples who participated in study were females (66.66%). 38.33% of students in pre -test of Experimental Group were having poor knowledge score (0-7), majority 51.66% of students in pre-test of Experimental Group were having average knowledge score (8-14), and only 10% of students in pre- test Experimental Group were having good knowledge score (8-14), whereas in post-test majority 16.66% of the students had good knowledge score (15-20) and 83.67 % of students in post-test of Experimental Group were having good knowledge score, which indicates that the Planned Teaching was effective. Conclusion - The health teaching on knowledge of swine flu found to be effective in increasing the knowledge in students The samples had a highly significant gain in knowledge after the planned teaching program. In the age group of 18-19yrs. The planed teaching on knowledge of swine flu was found to be effective.[Full Text Article]