• Knowledge and Awareness of Hepatitis C Virus Among Second Year Pharmacy Students

      Armstrong, Edward; Holt, Justin; Kocol, Samuel; College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona (The University of Arizona., 2005)
      Objectives: To determine the change in knowledge regarding the prevalence, risk factors, transmission, and treatment of hepatitis C infections before and after an educational presentation to second year pharmacy students. Methods: Two questionnaires were administered to the study subjects. The pre-test was administered two weeks prior to the educational presentation and the post-test was administered immediately following the presentation. Students were required to attend the lecture, but participation in the pre- and post-tests was voluntary. The questionnaires addressed issues regarding general hepatitis C virus information as well as opinion questions surrounding the subject’s feelings about themselves and the disease state. Results: The mean number of correct responses on the post-test was significantly higher than the mean number of correct responses on the pre-test (p < 0.001). There was no statistically significant difference between males and females when comparing mean pre-test, post- test, and change between pre- and post-test scores. The data found no association between a student’s perceived risk level for developing hepatitis C and their knowledge about the hepatitis C virus, whether they had received prior hepatitis C testing, or the mean number of correct responses on either the pre-test or post-test. Implications: An educational presentation on hepatitis C is an effective tool to increase the knowledge of pharmacy students concerning the hepatitis C virus and its risks, prevalence, and treatment options.