Awareness and Attitude of Undergraduate Medical Students towards 2019-novel Corona virus

COVID-19

  • Azal Ikhaq
  • Hunniya Bint E Riaz
  • Imtiaz Bashir Combined Military Hospital Lahore Medical College and Institute of Dentistry
  • Farhat Ijaz CMH LMC & IOD
Keywords: Awareness, Attitude, Medical students, 2019-nCoV

Abstract

Objective: To assess the knowledge, awareness and attitudes of medical students towards recently discovered coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19).

Methods: This was a cross sectional study conducted on medical students in CMH Lahore Medical College,(LMC), Institute of Dentistry (IOD). A questionnaire containing demographic information, 14 knowledge and eight attitude items was completed by 384 participants.

Results: Overall, >90% people were aware about the etiology, mode of transmission and possible symptoms; however, very few of them knew about the in-depth details. Knowledge score revealed that 80% of participants had sufficient knowledge about coronavirus. MBBS students and nursing Students had significantly better knowledge in comparison with other students. In terms of attitude, >80% of students showed positive attitudes among which the nursing students were dominant.

Conclusion: The medical students of CMH LMC showed a satisfactory level of awareness and attitudes towards COVID-19 with an obvious difference with regard to disciplines. More educational efforts with periodic educational interventions are still needed about the current pandemic.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2636

How to cite this:
Ikhlaq A, Bint-e-Riaz H, Bashir I, Ijaz F. Awareness and Attitude of Undergraduate Medical Students towards 2019-novel Corona virus. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(COVID19-S4):COVID19-S32-S36. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2636

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Published
2020-05-18
How to Cite
Ikhaq, A., Bint E Riaz, H., Bashir, I., & Ijaz, F. (2020). Awareness and Attitude of Undergraduate Medical Students towards 2019-novel Corona virus. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 36(COVID19-S4). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2636