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Can J Cardiovasc Nurs. 1990 Dec;1(5):15-22.

The effect of an educational program on knowledge & attitudes about blood pressure by junior high school students: a pilot project.


This study tested the effectiveness of a 10 minute videotape and complementary print program guide on the knowledge and attitudes of junior high school students about blood pressure (BP). A randomized two group pre-test, post-test and delayed post-test design was used. The experimental group received an educational session on BP, designed for this study, which consisted of a 40-minute session, comprised of a 10-minute video presentation and discussion by the teacher on BP (guided by the program guide). The educational session was effective in improving students knowledge of BP at one week post-test; however, this positive effect did not persist at the three month post-test. Student interest in, or knowledge of, their own BP was not obviously affected by the session. The findings were interpreted in light of Social Learning Theory (SLT) and the PRECEDE Model of Health Education (PMHE). In testing the effect of one component of an educational program, i.e., the videotape and teacher lesson the environmental determinants of behaviour change could not be addressed in this study. The educational session was able, however, to achieve the desired knowledge change. The 10-minute videotape and complementary print program guide was shown to be a viable educational tool and can therefore be utilized as a resource in a broader multi-faceted program of cardiovascular (CV) health promotion.

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