Title

Level of awareness of Allied Health students in De La Salle- Health Sciences Campus regarding excessive drinking of alcohol as a contributing factor in developing liver cirrhosis

Date of Completion

2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Liver Cirrhosis, Alcohol Drinking

Abstract

The study utilized the non-experimental, descriptive type of research. The respondents were officially enrolled students for the first semester of school year 2005-2006 from the different colleges of De La Salle Health Sciences Campus, Dasmarinas, Cavite. A total of 277 Level II and Level IV students (30% of the total population) from Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology courses were chosen using stratified random sampling. A self-made questionnaire was employed. The statistical treatments used were frequency, percentage and Chi-square. The results revealed that more than half of the respondents were aware to moderate extent regarding drinking alcohol as contributing factor in developing liver cirrhosis. Male students were more aware than the female students. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing students had higher level of awareness, followed by the Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy students and the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology students. Level IV students were more aware than Level II students. There is no significance difference in the level of awareness of allied health students in De La Salle Health Sciences Campus regarding excessive drinking of alcohol as a contributing factor in developing liver cirrhosis when grouped according to gender. Male and female have the same susceptibility to liver cirrhosis if they are heavy drinkers of alcohol. Males are under pressure to adopt a ‘macho’ image in relation to alcohol use, however, both genders posted the same attitude regarding drinking alcohol due to the changing society nowadays. The increasing number of women drinkers might be a result of the women’s movement and changes in women, especially those that involve exposure to formerly masculine environments and roles. There is a significant difference in the level of awareness of allied health students in De La Salle Health Sciences Campus regarding excessive drinking of alcohol as a contributing factor in developing liver cirrhosis when grouped according to course and year level. The scope of the three (3) courses is different from one another. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing focuses on disease promotion and prevention and the discussion of the diseases is integrated in the lectures. The Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy focuses on the rehabilitation aspect of the patient. As the person progresses in college, especially the students enrolled in a paramedical course, there will be an increase in the level of awareness. Students in a higher year tend to know more because of the advanced knowledge imparted among them based on the curriculum of their college.

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