Effects of Experiential Learning on Knowledge, Screening, and Advice Regarding Opisthorchiasis Among Village Health Volunteers


  • Nattida Tawnil Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Decha Tamdee Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Sivaporn Aungwattana Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University


Experiential learning, Opisthorchiasis, Screening, Advice for opisthorchiasis, Village health volunteers


This quasi-experimental research study aimed to investigate the effects of experiential learning on knowledge, screening practices, and advice regarding opisthorchiasis among village health volunteers. The sample consisted of 23 village health volunteers at Thawangtan Health Promoting Hospital, Saraphi district, Chiang Mai province, and random sampling was used. The research instruments consisted of: 1) the experiential learning package of knowledge, screening practices, and advice regarding opisthorchiasis; 2) a personal information questionnaire; 3) a questionnaire on knowledge, screening and advice regarding opisthorchiasis; 4) a screening practice observation form; and 5) an observation form for advice regarding practice related to opisthorchiasis. The research instruments were tested for content validity and reliability. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics and Fisher’s exact probability test.   

             The results showed that, following participation in the experiential learning program,
the levels of knowledge among village health volunteers were statistically significantly higher than before participation (p = .027), and the levels of screening and advice practices for opisthorchiasis were statistically significantly higher than before participation in the program (p < .001).

             This study showed that the experiential learning program can improve knowledge, screening practices, and advice regarding opisthorchiasis among village health volunteers. Therefore, it should be used to enhance the capacity development of village health volunteers.


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