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|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||How does the self-reported health of undergraduate nursing students change during their degree programme? Survey results from a Scottish University|
|Author(s):||Evans, Josie M M|
Cameron, Dawn M
Eades, Claire E
|Citation:||Evans JMM, Andreis F, Cameron DM & Eades CE (2021) How does the self-reported health of undergraduate nursing students change during their degree programme? Survey results from a Scottish University. BMC Nursing, 20, Art. No.: 44. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-021-00563-w|
|Abstract:||Background The lifestyle behaviours, and the physical and mental health of nurses, are poorer than those of other allied health professionals, and of the general population. However, these were no less favourable among first year undergraduate nursing students at a Scottish Higher Education Institution (HEI) than among similar people of the same age. We compared health and health behaviours among the same cohort of undergraduate nursing students over the course of their degree. Methods An anonymous self-complete repeat cross-sectional survey was administered during a timetabled teaching session at three time-points to undergraduate nursing students at the start of Years 1, 2 and 3 of their programme. They had received written information about the study previously. Results Self-reported health did not change significantly over time, but there was a clear decline over the 3 years in the proportions of students rating their mental health as excellent/very good/good and a concomitant increase in those rating their mental health as fair/poor. Correspondingly, the mean WEMWBS wellbeing score declined over the 3 years, with the proportion of students with a score of|
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