Volume 24, Issue 158 (8-2017)                   RJMS 2017, 24(158): 10-16 | Back to browse issues page

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jafari M, saeedi S, chahardoli B, paknezhad H, amani H. Investigating the awareness level of Iranian medical students about hepatitis B. RJMS. 2017; 24 (158) :10-16
URL: http://rjms.iums.ac.ir/article-1-4000-en.html
Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , mahdi.jafare@yahoo.com
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Background: Hepatitis B is a viral infection, which remains a global health problem and annually kills about 800,000 people worldwide. Regarding the changes in the transmission patterns of contamination, training at community level, and especially training of people at risk, can be effective in preventing the disease. The aim of this study was to determine the level of knowledge of students about hepatitis B infection.
Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study. 300 subjects were selected by simple random sampling. The subjects of this study included 162 female students (54%) and 138 male students (46%). For data analysis, descriptive statistics and Pearson correlation coefficient, Chi square and independent t-test was used.
Results: In total, 36% were undergraduate, 40% MD, 16% Masters and 8% were Ph.D. 66% of the subjects had moderate awareness, 10% had low awareness and 24% had good knowledge of hepatitis B infection. Also, the knowledge level of undergraduate students and PhD students was significantly higher than undergraduates and Ph.D. students (p<0.001). Awareness was significantly related to age and marital status. But there was no significant relationship between sex and level of awareness.
Conclusion: our results showed that the majority of subjects had moderate knowledge HB (66% of subjects). Thus the need for more training in this area as well as among the people due to less awareness is felt.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Epidemiology

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