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Knowledge, attitude and practices related to tuberculosis among students in a public university in East Coast Malaysia

Mohd Izham, Mira Nadiah and A. Rahman, Nor Azlina and Haque, Mainul (2022) Knowledge, attitude and practices related to tuberculosis among students in a public university in East Coast Malaysia. Advances in Human Biology, 12 (2). pp. 190-197. ISSN 2321-8568 E-ISSN 2348-4691

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Introduction: Tuberculosis (TB), better known as TB, is one of the infectious diseases that can cause death and therefore gains major public concerns worldwide. This study attempts to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) related to TB among the students in a public university and find the association between the KAP with demographic factors and between the KAP themselves. Materials and Methods: Self‑administered questionnaires were distributed to 200 students from the six faculties in the university for the data collection and analysis in this cross‑sectional study. The questionnaire was divided into four parts: Demographic characteristics, knowledge, and attitude toward TB, and practices toward the prevention and control of TB. Results: The findings showed that most students had a moderate level of knowledge (obtained 47–92 out of the total 138 marks) and practice (obtained 29–57 out of the total 86 marks) and a good attitude related to TB (obtained 20–28 out of the total 28 marks). There were no significant differences in the level of KAP scores between the different genders, ages and years of study among the participants. However, a significant result was found between the KAP level of the various faculties (P < 0.001, <0.001 and 0.027, respectively), with the students from the Faculty of Medicine having the highest KAP level compared to others. Conclusion: This study also portrayed that higher knowledge was associated with a higher attitude and practice towards TB (P < 0.001 and 0.045, respectively). Based on the findings, the study proposes more health education programs to promote the awareness on early prevention of TB to achieve an improved level of KAP in controlling and preventing TB infection.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitude, and practice, knowledge, Malaysia, public university, tuberculosis, undergraduate students
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Biomedical Science (Effective:1st July 2011)
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Physical Rehabilitation Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Nor Azlina A Rahman
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2023 15:20
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2023 15:20
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/106029

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