Master of Science
This study was conducted to evaluate a Coronary Educational Program at a 350 bed community suburban hospital. The five year old program has never been evaluated. The evaluation was limited to one product of the program, the change in patient knowledge relative to their disease. Subjects also completed a subjective evaluation of the program, including the content areas, teaching methods, and competence of the instructors.
Twelve subjects participated during the 2% month study. They consisted of 10 males and 2 females; 11 Whites and 1 Black. The age range was 53 to 76 years, with a mean of 63.9 years. The educational level ranged from 4 to 17 years, with a mean of 12 years. Nine subjects were married, 2 divorced, and l widowed. Eight were Protestant, 2 Catholic, and 2 Jewish.
A pre-experimental, one-group, pretest-posttest design was used. Subjects were pretested before beginning the Coronary Education Program, using the Knowledge Test, and posttested after completing the program, using the same Knowledge Test. The hypothesis stated that the subjects would have a significant increase in knowledge relative to their disease after participating in the Coronary Education Program.
Subjects had a 2.2 point (2%) increase in knowledge relative to their disease. A paired t-test was used to determine the significance of the change. The resulting t-value of 1.79 was not significant at the .05 level. The hypothesis was not supported.
The subjective evaluation completed at the conclusion of the program by the subjects reflected support and enthusiasm. The content areas were considered relevant to what needed to be known by myocardial infarction patients. The teaching methods, using audio-visuals, group discussion, and printed materials, were considered good. The competence of the instructors was thought to be very good.
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