Journal of Education and
Research in Nursing
Original Article

Nursing Students’ Knowledge Levels of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Factors

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Department of Medical Nursing, Çankırı Karatekin University Faculty of Health Sciences, Çankırı, Turkey

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Department of Medical Nursing, Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Nursing, İzmir, Turkey

Journal of Education and Research in Nursing 2022; 19: 162-166
DOI: 10.5152/jern.2022.28003
Read: 251 Downloads: 69 Published: 01 June 2022

Background: The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease has been increasing world- wide, particularly in developing countries including Turkey. For early diagnosis, prevention, and management of Alzheimer’s disease, health professionals and particularly nurses need to have sufficient knowledge. This study was carried out to determine nursing students’ knowledge levels of Alzheimer’s disease and related factors.

Methods: The sample of this descriptive and cross-sectional study consisted of 266 nurs- ing students from a state university. The data were collected using a personal information form and Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge Scale between April and May 2019. Independent samples t-test, Pearson correlation test, and one-way ANOVA test were used in the statisti- cal analysis, and the results were presented as numbers, means, medians, and percentages.

Results: The mean age of the students was 20.91 ± 1.72 years, and 13.5% had a family mem- ber with Alzheimer’s disease. The students’ total Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge Scale score was 18.00 ± 2.70. It was determined that the students’ grade (F = 4.722, P = .003) and having a family member with Alzheimer’s disease (t = 1.911, P = .051) affected their knowledge level of Alzheimer’s disease. We found that age (r =0.087, P = .155) and sex (t = 0.131, P = .896) were not correlated with the nursing students’ knowledge level of Alzheimer’s disease.

Conclusion: It was determined that the nursing students had moderate knowledge levels of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease should be included in the nursing curriculum more, and it must be aimed to increase the students’ knowledge level about Alzheimer’s disease.

Cite this article as: Gönen Şentürk S, Akyol MA, Küçükgüçlü Ö. Nursing students’ knowledge levels of alzheimer’s disease and related factors. J Educ Res Nurs. 2022;19(2):162-166.

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