Accession Number : ADA301469

Title :   The Effect of a Self-Care Education Program on a Military Medical Beneficiary Population.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Svehlak, Christopher S.

PDF Url : ADA301469

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 125

Abstract : Previous research in the area of self-care has focused on medical beneficiaries in a wide range of settings, but the current or former members of the United States Armed Services have largely been ignored. This research concentrates on designing, implementing, and reporting on a study of the impact of a self-care education program on a military beneficiary population. Specifically, retired and active-duty households, whose medical records are maintained by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center, were systematically randomly sampled and invited to participate in the study. Those households who responded were given their choice of a self-care book, and half of those received a monthly health lifestyle magazine. All households were monitored for outpatient visitation frequency at four selected "gateway" clinics to the hospital. A pre-test post-test design was employed. Gain scores were computed and compared against a sequentially randomly selected control group, and differences were analyzed first using analysis of variance techniques, then using non-parametric measurements in an attempt to correct for variance and sample normality discrepancies.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *CLINICAL MEDICINE, *POPULATION, *MILITARY MEDICINE, *BENEFITS, CONTROL, MEASUREMENT, IMPACT, VARIATIONS, MEDICINE, GAIN, RECORDS, HOSPITALS, SCORING, NORMALITY, SELF TREATMENT.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Information Science
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE