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Comparison of knowledge in hepatitis B in nursing and dental hygiene students in Busan

Young-Hee Jeong 1 Young-Suk Yoon 1 Ji-Young Lee 1

1동주대학교

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ABSTRACT

Objectives : The purpose of the study is to investigate and compare the knowledge of hepatitisB in nursing and dental hygiene students in Busan. Methods : A self-reported questionnaire was filled out by 361 students in nursing and dentalhygiene departments in Busan from August 25 to September 4, 2013. Data were analyzed by SPSS version 13.0 for descriptive statistical analysis, χ2-test, and t-test and set at p<0.05. Results : Knowledge in hepatitis B consisted of 25 questions including severity of hepatitisB, general knowledge, infection routes, and symptoms and treatment. There was no significantdifference between nursing and dental hygiene students in knowledge; nursing students showedan average of 18.21±2.809 and dental hygiene showed 17.71±3.23. The average score was17.96±3.03 out of 25 questions. Conclusions : There is no significant difference between nursing and dental hygiene studentsin knowledge of hepatitis B. It is necessary to emphasize the education of hepatitis B periodicallyin addition to regular curricula.

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