International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Informative Article | Community Medicine | India | Volume 13 Issue 4, April 2024 | Rating: 5.3 / 10

Study on Acute Upper Respiratory Illness among Late Adolescents in Rural Schools of Neyyattinkara Taluk, India: Knowledge, Attitude and Practices

Dr. Archana Priyadarsini

Abstract: Introduction: Public knowledge and practices regarding the common cold is crucial to prevent improper treatment and preserve resources and well - being. Despite global studies on the topic, there's a gap in research focusing on rural school - going late adolescents, like those in Neyyattinkara Taluk. This study aims to assess Knowledge, Attitude and Practices regarding acute upper respiratory illness among late adolescents in NeyyattinkaraTaluk. Methods: An observational cross - sectional study was conducted to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices of late adolescents in rural schools of a part of India from July to September 2019. The study was done among late adolescents (aged 15 - 18) in government higher secondary schools of Neyyattinkara Taluk. A sample size of 197 was taken. Data was collected using a semi - structured questionnaire covering demographics, knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding upper respiratory illness. Point estimate was done at 95% confidence interval. Results: Most of the adolescents had limited knowledge about upper respiratory illness, with 167 (85%) not considering it a disease. Self - medication 116 (59%) and reliance on home remedies 110 (56%) were common, while only 39 (20%) opted for antibiotics. Conclusions: There was average knowledge level in adolescents but persistent misconceptions, prevalent self - medication practices, and limited understanding of disease transmission regarding upper respiratory infections.

Keywords: adolescents, upper respiratory illness, knowledge, attitudes, practices

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 4, April 2024,

Pages: 915 - 919

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