Effectiveness of honey in reducing upper respiratory tract infection among children under the age group of two to five years in Kurumbanai village at Kanyakumari district.

Darbi, D R (2012) Effectiveness of honey in reducing upper respiratory tract infection among children under the age group of two to five years in Kurumbanai village at Kanyakumari district. Masters thesis, Sri.K.Ramachandran Naidu College of Nursing, Sankarankovil.

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Abstract

An experimental study to assess the effectiveness of honey in reducing upper respiratory tract infection among children under the age group of two to five years in Kurumbanai village at Kanyakumari District was conducted by Mrs. Darbi. D. R in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Science in Nursing at Sri. K. Ramachandran Naidu College of Nursing, under The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University. OBJECTIVES: 1. To assess the pretest level of upper respiratory tract infection among experimental and control group. 2. To find out the effectiveness of honey in reducing upper respiratory tract infection among children in experimental and control group. 3. To compare the pre test and post test level of upper respiratory tract infection in control group. 4. To compare the pre test and post test level of upper respiratory tract infection in experimental group. 5. To associate the post test level of upper respiratory tract infection between experimental and control group with their selected demographic variables. The following hypotheses were set for the study: All hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level. H1: The mean post test severity of upper respiratory tract infection in experimental group was significantly lower than the mean post test severity of upper respiratory tract infection in control group. H2: There was significant difference between the mean pre test and post test severity of upper respiratory tract infection among children in control group. H3: There was significant difference between the mean pre test and post test severity of upper respiratory tract infection among children in experimental group. H4: There was significant association between post test severity of upper respiratory tract infection among children in experimental and control group with their selected demographic variables. ❖ The study was based on the modified Wiedenbach’s helping art of clinical nursing theory. The quantitative research approach was used. The study was conducted in Kurumbanai village at Kanyakumari district. The design adopted for the study was true experimental pre test post test control group design to evaluate the effectiveness of honey on reduction of upper respiratory tract infection. Simple random sampling was used to select 60 children with upper respiratory tract infection in Kurumbanai village among those, 30 samples were allotted to experimental group and 30 samples for control group. The data collection tool developed for generating the necessary data by using an observational checklist to assess the effectiveness of honey in reducing upper respiratory tract infection. The content validity of the tool was established by five clinical experts. The reliability of the tool (r=0.87) was established by test retest method. The instruments were found to be reliable. Pilot study was conducted to find out the feasibility of the study and to plan for data analysis. Data collection was done and obtained data were analyzed in terms of both descriptive and inferential statistics. SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS OF HE STUDY: 1. The honey was effective in reduction of upper respiratory tract infection (t=59.5, p<0.05) of experimental group. 2. With regard to experimental group the pre test mean value was 1.43 with standard deviation of 0.09. The post test mean value was 0.78 with standard deviation of 0.13. The mean difference is 1.2. The calculated ‘t’ value was 9.96 which indicates that the honey was effective in reduction of upper respiratory tract infection. 3. There was no statistically significant association of post test level of upper respiratory tract infection between control group and demographic variables. 4. There was no statistically significant association of post test level of upper respiratory tract infection between experimental group and demographic variables. On the basis of the findings of the study it is recommended that, ❖ Similar study can be repeated on a large sample. ❖ A comparative study can be conducted by using honey and other nonpharmacological interventions in reducing upper respiratory tract infection. ❖ A study can be conducted to assess the effectiveness of honey in mucolitis, gingivitis, wound healing and plague. ❖ A further study can be conducted to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of complementary and alternative therapies among nursing personnel. Recommendation based on the suggestions of the study subjects, 1. Nurses should have good knowledge regarding the alternative system of medicine. 2. Mothers should have knowledge regarding home remedies in treating minor ailments at home. CONCLUSION: This study assessed the effectiveness of honey in reducing upper respiratory tract infection among the children under the age group of two to five years. The study revealed that there was a significant difference in the level of upper respiratory tract infection after the oral administration of honey in the experimental group whereas there was no significant difference in the control group. On the basis of this study the researcher concluded that oral administration of honey had significant effect on upper respiratory tract infection. Honey is a natural product which is cheap, safe, and easily available. Hence honey can be used for children who are suffering from upper respiratory tract infection.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Honey, Reducing Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Children, Under The Age Group of Two to Five Years, Kanyakumari District.
Subjects: NURSING > Paediatric Nursing
Depositing User: Ramakrishnan J
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 07:36
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 02:58
URI: http://repository-tnmgrmu.ac.in/id/eprint/3666

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