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Wroclaw Universities students knowledge about arterial hypertension

Marcin Zawadzki, Rafał Poręba, Paweł Gać, Katarzyna Lewczuk, Krystyna Pawlas, Ryszard Andrzejak
Nadciśnienie tętnicze 2007;11(5):418-427.

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Vol 11, No 5 (2007)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2007-10-03

Abstract

Background Incidence of arterial hypertension among adult Poles in 2002 was 29%. In this group only 67% were conscious of the disease. In conditions of the difficult epidemiologic situation health education of young generation seems to be very important. The aim of the study was to determine the extend of knowledge about arterial hypertension in population of Wroclaw University students.
Material and methods Material was based on questionnaires filled by students of the second year of health sciences from the largest public universities in Wroclaw and one non-public postgraduate school. The study was carried out with the use of questionnaire worked out by team of the authors.
Results Responders answered correctly 73.11% questions. A question about the lower limit of systemic arterial hypertension was correctly answered in 49.58%. In 89.16% of the participants the knowledge of the optimal blood pressure was sufficient, and 60.41% of them were conscious of their self arterial blood pressure values. There were statistically significant differences in some answers between men and women, between inhabitants of cities and villages, and, eventually, between students from various universities.
Conclusions The knowledge of randomly selected students of Wroclaw universities is only slightly better than the knowledge of a random Pole. Answers filled by the students are characterized by identical as in whole populationimproper assumptions about causes and health complications of arterial hypertension. In order to improve a nonconvenient epidemiological situation it would be necessary to include health problems topics in programs of all Polish universities. Arterial Hypertension 2007, vol. 11, no 5, pages 418-427.

Abstract

Background Incidence of arterial hypertension among adult Poles in 2002 was 29%. In this group only 67% were conscious of the disease. In conditions of the difficult epidemiologic situation health education of young generation seems to be very important. The aim of the study was to determine the extend of knowledge about arterial hypertension in population of Wroclaw University students.
Material and methods Material was based on questionnaires filled by students of the second year of health sciences from the largest public universities in Wroclaw and one non-public postgraduate school. The study was carried out with the use of questionnaire worked out by team of the authors.
Results Responders answered correctly 73.11% questions. A question about the lower limit of systemic arterial hypertension was correctly answered in 49.58%. In 89.16% of the participants the knowledge of the optimal blood pressure was sufficient, and 60.41% of them were conscious of their self arterial blood pressure values. There were statistically significant differences in some answers between men and women, between inhabitants of cities and villages, and, eventually, between students from various universities.
Conclusions The knowledge of randomly selected students of Wroclaw universities is only slightly better than the knowledge of a random Pole. Answers filled by the students are characterized by identical as in whole populationimproper assumptions about causes and health complications of arterial hypertension. In order to improve a nonconvenient epidemiological situation it would be necessary to include health problems topics in programs of all Polish universities. Arterial Hypertension 2007, vol. 11, no 5, pages 418-427.
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Keywords

arterial hypertension; students

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Title

Wroclaw Universities students knowledge about arterial hypertension

Journal

Arterial Hypertension

Issue

Vol 11, No 5 (2007)

Pages

418-427

Published online

2007-10-03

Bibliographic record

Nadciśnienie tętnicze 2007;11(5):418-427.

Keywords

arterial hypertension
students

Authors

Marcin Zawadzki
Rafał Poręba
Paweł Gać
Katarzyna Lewczuk
Krystyna Pawlas
Ryszard Andrzejak

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