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Assessing change in health professions volunteers' perceptions after participating in Special Olympics healthy athlete events.
J Dent Educ ; 74(9): 970-9, 2010 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-20837738
ABSTRACT
This study assessed perceptions of health professions student and faculty volunteers who participated with athletes at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Healthy Athlete venues. The volunteers' perceptions and expectations of the abilities of intellectually disabled athletes were measured by administering pre-event and post-event questionnaires consisting of demographic questions and the Prognostic Belief Scale (PBS). Invitations to participate in the study were sent to 165 students and faculty members; of those, eighty (48.5 percent response rate) responded to the pre-event questionnaire, and sixty-seven (40.6 percent response rate) responded to the post-event questionnaire. Of the eighty respondents to the pre-event questionnaire, fifty-five (68.7 percent) also completed the post-event questionnaire. The ANOVA comparing pre- and post-event PBS scores between groups found a trend towards higher scores among the volunteers, but analysis did not demonstrate a significant effect in either group (p=.68) or the interaction of group by time (p=.46). Despite the findings from the PBS, participants' statements suggest the experience had an impact on their perceptions and expectations. Although not statistically significant, this study found a positive trend pre- to post-event in the volunteers' perceptions of the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities. In addition to didactic and clinical education, volunteer experiences may enhance care providers' knowledge, skill, and confidence levels for treating clients with intellectual disabilities.
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Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Assunto principal: Esportes / Estudantes de Ciências da Saúde / Voluntários / Atitude do Pessoal de Saúde / Pessoas com Deficiência Mental / Docentes Aspecto clínico: Prognóstico Limite: Adolescente / Adulto / Criança / Humanos / Meia-Idade / Jovem adulto Idioma: Inglês Revista: J Dent Educ Ano de publicação: 2010 Tipo de documento: Artigo País de afiliação: Estados Unidos