Date of Award
Master of Science in Cost Analysis
David S. Christensen, PhD
Previous research in the area of self-care has focused on medical beneficiaries in a wide range of settings, but the current or former members of the United States Armed Services have largely been ignored. This research concentrates on designing, implementing, and reporting on a study of the impact of a self-care education program on a military beneficiary population. Specifically, retired and active-duty households, whose medical records are maintained by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center, were systematically randomly sampled and invited to participate in the study. Those households who responded were given their choice of a self-care book, and half of those received a monthly health lifestyle magazine. All households were monitored for outpatient visitation frequency at four selected "gateway" clinics to the hospital. A pre-test post-test design was employed. Gain scores were computed and compared against a sequentially randomly selected control group, and differences were analyzed first using analysis of variance techniques, then using non-parametric measurements in an attempt to correct for variance and sample normality discrepancies.
DTIC Accession Number
Svehlak, Christopher S., "The Effect of a Self-Care Education Program on a Military Medical Beneficiary Population" (1995). Theses and Dissertations. 6513.