Assessment of knowledge and attitude towards HIV patients among dental students in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) / Aws Hashim Ali Al-Kadhi … [et al.]

Al-Kadhim, Aws Hashim Ali and Ahmad Bakri, Nurul Ainaa Syamimi and Ameruddin, Anis Mardhiya and Al-Ani, Sarah Taha Yousif and Jaafar, Azlan (2019) Assessment of knowledge and attitude towards HIV patients among dental students in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) / Aws Hashim Ali Al-Kadhi … [et al.]. Journal of Clinical and Health Science, 4 (2). pp. 58-65. ISSN 0127 – 984X

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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. Conclusions: 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.

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Al-Kadhim, Aws Hashim Ali
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Ahmad Bakri, Nurul Ainaa Syamimi
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Ameruddin, Anis Mardhiya
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Al-Ani, Sarah Taha Yousif
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Jaafar, Azlan
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Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > AIDS. HIV infections
R Medicine > RK Dentistry > Oral and dental medicine. Pathology. Diseases
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Medicine
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Clinical and Health Science
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Journal of Clinical and Health Sciences (JCHS)
ISSN: 0127 – 984X
Volume: 4
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 58-65
Official URL: https://jchs-medicine.uitm.edu.my/index.php
Item ID: 44073
Uncontrolled Keywords: AIDS, awareness, undergraduates, dentist
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/44073

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