Muhammad Zafar Iqbal Hydrie, Syed Imtiaz Ahmed Jafry, Haider Ali, Shazia Sarwat Iqbal.
Assessment of Tuberculosis Related Knowledge, Attitude and Practices among Final Year Medical Students in Karachi.
Ann Abbasi Shaheed Hosp Karachi Med Dent Coll Jan ;25(3):165-71.
Objective: To assess tuberculosis related knowledge, attitude and practice among final year medical students of Karachi. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in two medical colleges located in different districts of Karachi from January 2017 to June 2017. Being a final year medical student of the college was the inclusion criterion whereas refusal to give written informed consent was the exclusion criterion of the study. Data were collected on a structured questionnaire administered by the principal investigator to all the participants. Data collected were analyzed using SPSS statistical package version 20.Results: Around two-thirds students knew that tuberculosis cannot be treated only on radiographic findings while a majority of them knew about the treatment regimens but knowledge about the different TB medicines and their side effects was variable. About 90% of the students believed that directly observed treatment short course therapy is effective while a similar number believed Bacille Calmette Guerin vaccination prevents tuberculosis. A fair number of students (63.1%) practice wearing of face mask while a majority (89.3%) of them reported that contagious patients should be isolated. Over 95% of the students stated that they give tuberculosis patients counseling and health education. Conclusion: Majority of students had correct knowledge, attitude and practices regarding tuberculosis. Increased exposure and education to medical students in both academic and clinical settings is recommended.
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