ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS HIV PATIENTS AMONG DENTAL STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITI SAINS ISLAM MALAYSIA (USIM)

  • aws hashim ali alkadhim Dr
  • Azlan jaafar
  • sarah taha yousif
  • Nurul Ainaa Syamimi Ahmad Bakri
  • Anis Mardhiya Ameruddin

Abstract

ABSTRACT


Introduction: Dental officers could be the first medical personal to diagnose HIV/AIDS and cross–contamination may happen. More efforts should be taken to improve knowledge and the behaviour of dental students towards HIV/AIDS patients. The objective of this study is to assess and compare knowledge and the attitude of USIM dental students towards HIV patients. Methods: A total of 136 dental students from Year 2 to Year 5 of academic year 2017/2018 participated in this study. Students were consented and briefed about the purpose of the current project prior to answering self-administered questionnaires that have been previously validated. Results: The mean total knowledge and attitude score were 69.65% (good) and 68.54(%) (passive), respectively. Both clinical and pre-clinical students have passive attitude towards HIV patients and showed good level of knowledge with 70.81% and 66.39% respectively. There were significant association between sex and knowledge of HIV/AIDS among USIM dental students (p=0.001). There is also a statistically positive weak correlation between knowledge and attitude towards HIV/AIDS patients. Conclusion: USIM dental undergraduates have good knowledge and passive attitude towards HIV/AIDS patients. Improvement of dental curriculum regarding HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitude towards HIV/AIDS patients is recommended through conducting activities such as seminar, workshop and small-group discussion among dental students.

Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
ALKADHIM, aws hashim ali et al. ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS HIV PATIENTS AMONG DENTAL STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITI SAINS ISLAM MALAYSIA (USIM). Journal of Clinical and Health Sciences, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, p. 58-65, dec. 2019. ISSN 0127-984X. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/JCHS/article/view/7517>. Date accessed: 17 apr. 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.24191/jchs.v4i2.7517.

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