Knowledge and Attitude Related to Hepatitis C among Medical Students in the Oral Direct Acting Antiviral Agents Era in Vietnam

Thi Thanh Hang Pham, Thi Thuy Linh Nguyen, Samuel So, Thi Hai Van Hoang, Thi To Uyen Nguyen, Thanh Binh Ngo, Minh Phuong Nguyen, Quang Hung Thai, Ngoc Khoi Nguyen, Thi Quynh Anh Le Ho, Quang Phuc Tran, Trung Son Mai, Mehlika Toy, Minh Khue Pham*

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

 Medical students play important frontline roles in the prevention, early detection, and treatment of hepatitis C. This study investigated knowledge and attitudes toward hepatitis C among 5th- and 6th-year medical students and possible associated factors.

METHODS: 

A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 2000 students from eight medical universities using a self-administered structured questionnaire.

RESULTS:

The mean knowledge and attitude scores for hepatitis C were 20.1 ± 4.0 (out of 26) and 10.6 ± 2.9 (out of 20), respectively. Approximately, three-quarters (74.4%) of the participants had a good knowledge score, but only a small proportion (3.1%) obtained a good attitude score. Although the participants had fairly high knowledge about the causes, consequences, and transmission routes of hepatitis C, there were important gaps in their knowledge about hepatitis C screening and treatment. In multivariate analysis, female students, 5th-year students, and students from the central provinces had significantly higher knowledge and attitude scores. There was a low positive correlation between knowledge and attitude scores.

CONCLUSION: 

This study points out the need to update the medical training curriculum to improve the knowledge and attitude of students about hepatitis C infection.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12298
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2022
Externally publishedYes

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