MEASURING PREPAREDNESS OF MBBS STUDENTS TO THE CLINICAL EXPOSURE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

  • Humaira Fayyaz Khan Islamic International Medical College, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Tahira Sadiq Islamic International Medical College, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Rehan Ahmed Khan Islamic International Medical College, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Daniyal Ahmed Kamal Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Shabana Ali Islamic International Medical College, Islamabad Pakistan
  • Raheela Yasmeen Islamic International Medical College, Islamabad Pakistan
Keywords: Attitude, COVID-19, Knowledge, Medical students, Practice, Preparedness

Abstract

Objective: To measure the level of preparedness of MBBS students to clinical exposure to COVID-19 pandemic.

Study Design: Cross-sectional online questionnaire survey.

Place and Duration of Study: Physiology Department, Islamic International Medical College, Riphah University, from July to July 2020.

Methodology: Medical students from first to final year were included. Data was collected through a validated questionnaire measuring knowledge, attitude and practice of medical students regarding COVID-19. Statistical analysis was done on Microsoft Excel. Frequencies, percentages, mean, and Standard deviation were calculated.

Results: A total of 315 students were included in the final analysis. The mean age of the students was 21 3.2. Social media were the main sources of information for 45.5% of the students. The overall level of knowledge of students about COVID-19 was good in 88% and 12% had poor knowledge. The attitude had a mixed response of 55.5% being confident that the disease would be controlled while 93.3% and 87% of the students wanted to help and educate the society. Regarding practice 91% of the students had good practice and used face masks though poor practice were the application of hand sanitizer and going out of home 68%.

Conclusion: The level of preparedness of MBBS students before clinical exposure to the COVID-19 Pandemic was satisfactory. The students had good knowledge, a mixed attitude and good practices regarding COVID-19. Gaps in knowledge and the practice which were highlighted need to be addressed by the educational institutes through awareness programs before interaction with the patients is initiated.

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Published
2020-09-03
How to Cite
Khan, H., Sadiq, T., Khan, R., Kamal, D., Ali, S., & Yasmeen, R. (2020). MEASURING PREPAREDNESS OF MBBS STUDENTS TO THE CLINICAL EXPOSURE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal (PAFMJ), 70(2), S546-51. Retrieved from https://pafmj.org/index.php/PAFMJ/article/view/5248
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