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The knowledge, attitude and practices of COVID-19: a survey among medical students in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia Public Medical Schools

Aidid, Edre Mohammad and Syed Ahmad Alsagoff, Sharifah Aishah and Anuar, Muhamad Azamin and Abu Bakar, Asrar and Taib, Fahisham and Yusof, Muhammad Zubir and Syed Abd Hamid, Syed Abdul Khaliq and Abas, Muhammad Ihsanuddin (2022) The knowledge, attitude and practices of COVID-19: a survey among medical students in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia Public Medical Schools. Education in Medicine Journal, 14 (1). pp. 67-79. E-ISSN 2180-1932

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COVID-19 has affected university medical students, resulting in the new norm of learning and practice. Understanding these students’ knowledge, attitude and their practice would be essential as they would serve as the future doctor in Malaysia. The study attempted to evaluate medical students’ knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) in the east coast states of Peninsular Malaysia. An online and multi centre cross-sectional study was undertaken among all the three public medical schools in the east coast region of Peninsular Malaysia, between 8th July to 21st July 2020. The questionnaire consisted of sociodemographic data and the three domains which included COVID-19 KAP. Students were invited to participate via social media platform such as WhatsApp and students’ email. A total of 1,008 medical students voluntarily participated in the study with female to male ratio of 2.6:1. A total of 356 (35.3%) of the medical students had satisfactory knowledge score, with 75% of them were female. The majority of the students had positive attitude towards COVID-19 and practiced meticulous social distancing during the pandemic. We noted that seniority influenced knowledge score, and this was evident as 264 (26.2%) of the students were in their clinical year. Overall, the knowledge scores regarding COVID-19 among the medical students in East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia was reasonable and there were opportunities to augment these standards. Meticulous plans are needed to enhance knowledge and preparedness of the current crops of medical students to be competent future frontliner for Malaysia.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Medical students
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Community Health & Family Medicine
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Paediatrics
Depositing User: Dr Muhamad Azamin Anuar
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2022 08:33
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 14:24
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/97581

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