Role of Behavioural Risk Factors in Symptoms Related to UTI Among Nursing Students LC15-LC18
Dr. Shaili Vyas,
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, HIMS, SRHU, Swami Ram Nagar, Dehradun, India.
E-mail : Shailivyas7@gmail.com
Introduction: UTI is a well known entity amongst young girls, and the majority of girls have recurrent infections within one year. Anything that disturbs the usual vaginal environment would result in conditions favouring the production of unwanted microorganisms leading to infections of this very sensitive area. Studies have shown that, there is an evident relation of UTI's among students and practices of personal hygiene. Aim: To determine association between the behavioural risk factors and UTI among nursing girls.
Materials and Methods: The present study was undertaken amongst unmarried nursing students of a Medical College Hospital. A predesigned pretested questionnaire was used to know the personal hygiene of students and to find out its association with UTI in the last three months. Chi-square test was used to analyse the data.
Results: A significant association was observed between perineal hygiene and UTI. The major risk factors of UTI identified were incorrect perineal washing technique, use of synthetic/silk innerwears, not sundrying the innerwears, improper menstrual hygiene.
Conclusion: There are still major gaps in the knowledge regarding causation of UTI among the nursing students. This calls for an urgent need for educational talks periodically addressing these gaps.