Date of Award
School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Community health education during times of pandemic is of utmost importance to disseminate information regarding safety precautions, educate the public regarding the disease process, and provide accurate health information during a time when individuals are specifically vulnerable to inaccurate sources of information. During the COVID-19 pandemic, physical gatherings were highly restricted; therefore, it became important to incorporate technology into the educational process.
The purpose of this project was to determine if a thirty-day, online community health education program would increase the health knowledge and self-efficacy of participants.
This project utilized a quantitative quasi-experimental pre-test/post-test design from a convenience and snowball sample. The project manager worked in cooperation with Lincoln Amazing Grace Seventh-Day Adventist church during this project. Recruitment strategies targeted the areas of Lincoln, CA and the surrounding communities. The pre-test and post-test were performed in order to evaluate a health education intervention entitled Renew: Better Me, Better We which addressed topics relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was guided by the Health Belief Theory.
Forty-five people completed the 30-day intervention. While the sample size was small and lacked some variety in demographics, there was a statistically significant increase in health knowledge following the intervention, t(44)=-5.288, 1-tailed p=<0.001. There was no significant change in self-efficacy following the intervention.
This thirty-day health educational intervention was found to increase the health knowledge of participants significantly. The results of this project validated the literature regarding the effectiveness of online health information during times of pandemic.
COVID-19 (Disease); Pandemic; Health education; Computer-assisted instruction; Self-efficacy
Ferguson, Kerstin Ashby, "The Effect of an Online Educational Intervention on the Community Knowledge of Physical Health, Mental Health and Self-Efficacy During the Covid-19 Pandemic" (2020). Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. 9.
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