Trends in Students’ Outlook for Annual Health Checkup at an Indian University
The annual health checkup programme is important for primary care and important concern for the healthcare professional to promote health. Health promotion professionals in higher education practice a process of prevention. To engage students in health promotion is the challenge for healthcare professionals in India. Formal evaluation of patient satisfaction should be a part of college health services as it is unclear whether the issue is being addressed in college health clinics. Hence, we conducted the study to understand students’ perception from last three academic (2014–2017) years towards annual health check-up program and its aspects of conduct.
The availability of healthcare services at on-campus Health Centre and the process of conduct of health checkup was communicated and explained before the conduct of health checkup to students who participated in the annual health checkup programme. We selected alternate student to participate in this study and collected data from total 18127 students from last three academic years (2014–2017) about their views regarding health checkup programme schedule, conduct, hospitality and process along with their medical history and aliments.
From enrolled students, about 80% students attended annual health checkup every year. About 62% from 2014–15 to 81% students from 2016–17 reported the need for health checkup. Last 3y trend showed increase from 85 percent to 96 percent students mentioned that they received all the requisite information about the health checkup procedures in time and in a friendly language. Thus, this suggest that there is improvement in communicating information about procedures which will facilitate conduct of checkup. More than 85% students reported that checkup was well-organized and felt that conduct and process was useful for them. About 1/4th of students reported that they diagnosed with some illness or medical disorder in the past where as 73 percent did not have any illness or disorder detected in past during 2014–15 annual health checkup while 14 percent students only reported that they diagnosed with any significant past medical history in 2016–17. Thus, during last 3y, there is about 9% fall in reported past medical history among these students.
Trend of last three academic year health checkup provided unique perspectives and guide healthcare professionals programming efforts to deliver healthcare services on university campus. Most importantly, it helped us to bring down the medical illness and aliments among these students. These trends suggest a need for continuation of existing as well new intervention strategies on university campus.
Trends, Annual Health Check-up (AHC), Student, Outlook.