Author : Admasu Belay Gizaw, Abiy Ismael Faris, Bayisa Bereka Negussie, Abebe Amare Tiku, Abiru Neme Negewo, Leul Mekonin Zeru (,

Abstract : Emotional intelligence has significant effect on the quality of learning and application of the learned knowledge in practice. Its usage is currently being understood as a fundamental requirement of health professional in care provision to patients and helps health professional in managing their own and their patients’ emotions. The main aim of this study is to assess the level of emotional intelligence and associated factor among undergraduate Health Science students. Institution based cross-sectional study was conducted among 154 Undergraduate Health Science Students. Structured self- administered questionnaires were used to collect data. The collected data was entered by using Epidata version 3.1then exported to IBM SPSS version 20 for analysis for analysis. Descriptive statistics and multivariable linear analysis were done to describe and identify study variables and factors associated with the level of emotional intelligence. P- Value of less than 0.05 was used to declare the statistical significance. Among the 154 students who participated in this study, about 88 (57.1%) of the students had high and 66(42.9%) had low level of emotional intelligence. The results also revealed that there is statistically significant association between age, educational status of family members, substance use and Career development plan with the level of emotional intelligence among the study participants. The study concluded that the overall level of Emotional Intelligence among the st

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