Efficiency of an Online Intervention in the Knowledge Concerning COPD in Nursing Students

Document Type : Original Article


1 Faculty of Nursing, University of Thessaly, Greece

2 Department of Respiratory Medicine, University of Thessaly, School of Medicine, Larissa, Greece

3 Community Nursing Lab, Faculty of Nursing, University of Thessaly, Greece

4 Respiratory Medicine Department, University of Thessaly, School of Medicine, Larissa Greece

5 Respiratory disorders Lab, Faculty of Nursing, University of Thessaly, Greece


Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive and debilitating respiratory disorder. Nurses play a major role in managing the disease. This study aimed to test the effect of a brief online intervention in increasing the knowledge of COPD in a sample of nursing students in Greece. Materials and Methods: The intervention entailed a combination of two ½ hour lectures focusing on the treatment and care of patients with COPD according to existing guidelines. Data were collected with a structured questionnaire specially designed for this study including questions regarding information on sociodemographic characteristics of the participants, and the Bristol COPD Knowledge Questionnaire (BCKQ) which is designed to assess the knowledge of 13 COPD-specific topics. The questionnaire was distributed three times and the one-way ANOVA test of repeated measures was applied to investigate the effect of the educational intervention by examining the periods before, immediately after, and one month after the intervention.
Results: 125 nursing students participated in this study of which 13.6% were men (n=17) and 86.4% were women. According to the results of the repeated measures ANOVA test, there was a statistically significant improvement in gained knowledge about COPD.
Conclusions: Short educational interventions can be effective in acquiring and cultivating nursing students concerning COPD. These short online tutorials seem to be cost-effective as they can be organized easily and with minimal financial resources.


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