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Assessment of medical students’ knowledge regarding radiation associated risk and its protection: finding from a cross-sectional study

Ir J Med Sci. 2023 Dec 2. doi: 10.1007/s11845-023-03583-4. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVE: The current study assessed the knowledge of the medical students regarding the nature of radiation, associated risks, and protective measures.

METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted among international students enrolled in different medical colleges/universities in Xian, PR China. A self-developed and self-reported questionnaire was used for the current study. The descriptive statistics was carried out to summarize the finding of the study. Chi-square and Fisher exact tests were conducted to assess the association of the demographics with knowledge level.

RESULTS: A total of 796 students responded among 980. Most of the participants fell in the age range of 20-25 years (42.6%), being male (67.1%) and having bachelor’s education (56.7%). Participants with previous experience was 58.7%. The age group of 20-25 years (p < 0.001), being male (p < 0.001), having bachelor education (p < 0.001), and previous experience (p = 0.009) was significantly associated with moderate to good knowledge. The overall knowledge about the nature of radiation (96%) and associated risk (82%) was good, but regarding protection, 59% of the participants showed good knowledge.

CONCLUSION: Most of the participants showed satisfactory result. However, the knowledge regarding protection measures was poor in almost half of the population.

PMID:38041750 | DOI:10.1007/s11845-023-03583-4

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