The effect of visual acuity and anemia on academic performance of pharmacy students

Journal of Health Education Research & Development

ISSN: 2380-5439

Open Access

The effect of visual acuity and anemia on academic performance of pharmacy students

8th International Conference on Medical Education and Health Sciences

October 08-09, 2018 Osaka, Japan

Ahmed T Alahmar, Fadia Radi, Asawer Ali and Farah Abudlaziz

University of Babylon, Iraq

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Health Edu Res Dev

Abstract :

Background & Aim: Reduced visual acuity and anemia have been implicated in studentâ??s poor academic performance along with other medical conditions. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of reduced visual acuity and anemia among pharmacy students at University of Babylon, Iraq and their effects on studentâ??s academic performance. Methods: 95 students (25 males and 70 females) who met the inclusion criteria were screened for refractive errors using Snellen chart. A subset of 48 students (18 males and 30 females) was also screened for anemia and RBC indices were estimated by hematology auto-analyzer. Studentâ??s average grades of four subjects (out of 40) were compared between different subgroups. Results: The prevalence of refractive errors among students was 10.5% and the prevalence of anemia was 18.7% (average Hb 11.26±1.13 g/dl). Studentâ??s average grades did not differ among students with reduced visual acuity as compared to those with normal visual acuity (24.69±3.16 vs. 25.65±4.01, respectively). Studentâ??s grades also did not differ between students with anemia in comparison with those without anemia (26.50±3.73 vs. 25.77±3.83, respectively). Conclusion: Refractive errors and anemia are prevalent among pharmacy students. Our study demonstrated no difference in students grades among students with refractive errors or anemia in comparison with normal students which could be due to mild forms of these conditions in students.

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