Assessment of diabetes knowledge levels in university students
Keywords:Diabetes, Knowledge,, Student, University.
Aim: Diabetes is a common and important health problem. With this study, it was aimed to assessment the diabetes knowledge level of students studying in the field of health.
Materials-Methods: The research was carried out between January-February 2022 with students studying at a university's health vocational school and who will work in the sector with the title of health technician in the future. Sample selection was not made in the study and 93% (n=175) of the students were reached. In this descriptive study, a questionnaire was used as the data collection method. The first part of the questionnaire, which consists of two parts, included sociodemographic characteristics. In the second part, "Diabetes Knowledge Questionnaire (DKQ-24)" was used to examine the diabetes knowledge of the students.
Results: The age range of the students is 18-26 years and the mean age is 21.01±2.21. 54.9% of them were 20 years old and under, 88% were women, 60.6% were first class, 51.4% had income equal to their expenses. The average knowledge level of the participants in the diabetes knowledge questionnaire was found to be 69.1%.
Conclusion: In our study, it was observed that the diabetes knowledge level of the students was limited. It was found that the second graders had a higher level of knowledge than the first graders. Improvements should be made in the education curriculum to increase the knowledge and awareness of students about diabetes.
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