Muna Najeh Mohammed Abu zeiadNusyba Almazeneiah College for Nursing and Midwifery , Jordan
Title: Effectiveness of an online educational program about vaginitis in improving knowledge among college female students in Jordan
Background: Female reproductive tract infection including vaginitis is considered as one of the most public-health issues and is known as a silent epidemic that might affect adolescents. Educational health programs are very effective in improving adolescent knowledge and practices regarding vaginitis and its preventive measures.
Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of an online educational program in improving first-year college girls’ knowledge about vaginitis and its preventive measures in Jordan.
Methods: A convenience sample consisting of 120 participants of first-year college female students were recruited and randomly assigned into intervention and control groups. A pre-test was conducted for both groups and a post-test was conducted 2 weeks after the intervention for both groups. Findings: The results showed a significantly higher mean in the intervention group (M= 26.17; SD= 3.24) compared to the control group (M=17.49;SD=5.91) after conducting the educational program (p<0.00), which means that the educational program about vaginitis is effective in improving girls’ knowledge.
Conclusions and Recommendations: Using short 2-hour lectures, using effective online and high-tech teaching methods and good follow-up would be very beneficial to improve the knowledge level among adolescents.
Implication of the study: There is a need to focus more on improving nurses’ and midwives’ roles as educators This might be achieved by offering them continuous educational workshops about reproductive health and how to educate adolescents
What are your research’s implications for theory, practice, or policy? The findings of this study might also help policy makers to adopt this educational program to improve primary reproductive health at the community level. This study encourages the collaboration between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to adopt reproductive-health educational programs at schools, colleges and universities.
Lecturer in Nusyba Almazeneiah College at Al Balkaa University for Nursing and Midwifery, master degree in nursing Registered Midwife, Faculty of Nursing, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.