Australian student nurses’ knowledge of and attitudes toward primary health care: A cross-sectional study

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Mackey, Sandra, Kwok, Cannas, Anderson, Judith, Hatcher, Deborah, Laver, Sharon, Dickson, Cathy and Stewart, Lyn. (2018) Australian student nurses’ knowledge of and attitudes toward primary health care: A cross-sectional study. Nurse Education Today. 60, pp. 127 - 132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.10.003
AuthorsMackey, Sandra, Kwok, Cannas, Anderson, Judith, Hatcher, Deborah, Laver, Sharon, Dickson, Cathy and Stewart, Lyn
Abstract

Background: Nurses have a pivotal role in changing the focus of the health systemtoward a primary health care approach, yet little is known about the effectiveness of nursing students' educational preparation for this role. Objectives: The aim of the study was to investigate undergraduate Australian nursing students' knowledge of and attitudes toward the primary healthcare approach. Design: A cross-sectional, descriptive research design was applied. Setting: Two Australian universities, one with a rural base and one in the metropolitan area of Sydney, were involved. Both universities offer undergraduate and postgraduate nursing courses on multiple campuses. Participants: A convenience sample of 286 undergraduate nursing students, each of whom had completed a unit of study on PHC. All provided consent to participate in the study. Methods: Data was collected using the Primary Health Care Questionnaire via online survey platform SurveyMonkey for a period of three weeks in June 2015. Results: Total knowledge scores ranged from 19.68 to 95.78 with the mean knowledge score being 69.19. Total attitude scores ranged from 33.12 to 93.88 with a mean score of 70.45. Comparison of knowledge scores showed mean scores of students born in Australia were significantly higher than those of students who were born overseas (p = 0.01), and mean scores of students enrolled in the metropolitan university were also significantly higher than mean scores of students' enrolled in the rural university (p = 0.002). In terms of attitudes scores, mean scores of Australian-born students were significantly higher than those of students born overseas (p = 0.001), and older students' mean attitude scores were shown to be significantly higher than younger students' (p < 0.005). Conclusions: Student's age, country of origin and university location were shown to be significant influences on student's knowledge of and attitudes toward primary health care.

Keywordsprimary health care; student nurse; knowledge; attitudes
Year2018
JournalNurse Education Today
Journal citation60, pp. 127 - 132
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN0260-6917
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.10.003
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85032514040
Page range127 - 132
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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