Revista Archivo Médico de Camagüey
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ALEMAN BRUNET, María Caridad; GUERRA RODRIGUEZ, Yanet; RODRIGUEZ HEREDIA, Odalys and CASTANEDA SOUZA, Adalis. Educational intervention to elevate the knowledge level on rabies in adolescents. AMC [online]. 2012, vol.16, n.1, pp. 62-70. ISSN 1025-0255.
Background: human rabies is a zoonosis that affects the population who mainly lives under extreme poverty conditions and lives together with domestic animals. Objective: to elevate the knowledge level of students about rabies and the way to prevent the disease. Method: an educational intervention to elevate the knowledge level about rabies was carried out in students of the Secondary School Pepito Mendoza, Camagüey Municipality, from January 1st to December 31, 2009. The universe was constituted by 381 students, of them 96 were selected through a simple random sampling using the statistical program EPIDAT, to those students were applied a survey, which constituted the primary source of data. Results: After the intervention the students’ knowledge increased, the majority were evaluated as well. It was demonstrated the importance of educational, practical and participatory methods to improve the understanding of this zoonosis. Conclusion: after applying the intervention a significant increase of knowledge on rabies and its prevention, were achieved by the students. The intervention was considered as effective.
Keywords : Rabies [prevention and control]; Zoonoses; Health Education; Intervention Studies; Education, Primary and Secondary.