An evaluation of self-reported medical conditions of college students of the University of Baguio

Dr. Esmeralda M. Gatchallan, MD, MACT1 and Marc Ian M. Orduña, RN2

1 Head, UB Medical-Dental Clinic
University of Baguio, Baguio City Philippines
Email: emgatchallan@e.ubaguio.edu
2 UB Medical-Dental Clinic
University of Baguio, Baguio City Philippines

Abstract

University officials are challenged with addressing health problems that threaten the academic achievement of their students. For students to thrive, college and university personnel must know which health issues impact students to develop strategies to reduce those issues. The study aimed to evaluate the self-reported medical conditions of the UB college students seeking consultation in the Medical Clinic from January 2019 to December 2019. The expected output is the development of a Physical Wellness Action Plan for the students. Data were derived from the Annual Medical Consultation Census of the Medical Clinic. Based on the analyzed data, most of the students seeking consultation in the clinic were females. In addition, most were enrolled in the School of Natural Sciences. Students from the School of Criminal Justice & Public Safety were least likely to consult the clinic. The most common self-reported medical conditions of college students are cough, colds, and flu-like symptoms. At the same time, conditions related to wounds were the least reported medical condition. It was noted that there was a significant difference in the self-reported medical conditions of the college students according to sex and the schools where the students are enrolled. The MDC department will develop a Physical Wellness Action Plan to promote health care independence among college students based on the findings.

Keywords: Self-reported medical conditions, Medical Clinic, UB College students, Physical wellness action plan