The assumption of this study is :
The preventive care beliefs and practices of health science students stand-out among the general public.
To test this assumption, a survey of beliefs, behaviors and disease prevention practices of medical, dental, undergraduate and graduate nursing students in three health science schools was carried out in New Jersey.
All students in these three schools were included in the study.
A questionnaire which consisted of information on socio-demographic, life style patterns, health risk factors, and preventive cares was used.
Results showed that 99% of the students knew their blood pressure, 10% were cigarette smokers and 3% were heavy drinkers.
Approximately 68% of the students exercised regularly and 78% of them used seat belts.
About 81 and 79% of the female students had regular clinical breast examinations (CBE) and pelvic examinations, respectively.
Over 27% of undergraduate nursing and 14% of all students never had a Papanicolaou (Pap) test.
The main reasons for never having a Pap test, CBE, and pelvic examinations were : they did not think it was necessary and they believed that they were not at risk.
The major reason for not performing BSE was forgetfulness.
These findings confirmed the assumptions that preventive care beliefs and practices of health science students stand-out among the general public.
These findings rejected the common belief model « do as I say, not as I do » regarding these health science students.
Mots-clés Pascal : Comportement, Prise risque, Epidémiologie, Etudiant, Personnel sanitaire, Prévention, Croyance, New Jersey, Enquête, Adulte jeune, Promotion santé, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Behavior, Risk taking, Epidemiology, Student, Health staff, Prevention, Belief, New Jersey, Inquiry, Young adult, Health promotion, United States, North America, America, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0385180
Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 01/03/1996.