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Tuberculosis Knowledge:A Survey among Students of a Medical College from Coastal Karnataka, India


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1 Ph.D. Scholar, Department of Biotechnology, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (A Constituent Unit of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka), India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (A Constituent Unit of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka), India
     

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Background: Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most common diseases, and globally, it ranks second, first being AIDS. It has been said that one-third of the global population is already infected with M. tuberculosis. By 2020, an estimated 200 million of these people would contract TB. A very crucial step for containment of TB is to make sure that there is understanding of its risk factors, mode of transmission, and diagnosis. Aims and Objectives: This study aimed to assess the knowledge and understanding of MBBS students at coastal Karnataka, India Medical College, about Tuberculosis. Methodology: An online survey was conducted addressing areas of general factors, risk and transmission factors, diagnosis factors, treatment, and prevention factors. A total of 31 statements were given in the online survey. Results: The respondents showed overall good knowledge about Tuberculosis. The females had a better understanding than males, and the interns scored better on the study than the other MBBS students. Conclusion: This study has shown that the students have high essential awareness about TB. However, section by section analysis shows that knowledge about a few topics needs to be strengthened.

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Tuberculosis, Survey, Medical students, Knowledge.
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Natasha Aquinas
Ph.D. Scholar, Department of Biotechnology, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India
Vaman Kulkarni
Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (A Constituent Unit of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka), India
Ashwini Hegde
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (A Constituent Unit of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka), India
Radhakrishna M.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (A Constituent Unit of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka), India

Abstract


Background: Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most common diseases, and globally, it ranks second, first being AIDS. It has been said that one-third of the global population is already infected with M. tuberculosis. By 2020, an estimated 200 million of these people would contract TB. A very crucial step for containment of TB is to make sure that there is understanding of its risk factors, mode of transmission, and diagnosis. Aims and Objectives: This study aimed to assess the knowledge and understanding of MBBS students at coastal Karnataka, India Medical College, about Tuberculosis. Methodology: An online survey was conducted addressing areas of general factors, risk and transmission factors, diagnosis factors, treatment, and prevention factors. A total of 31 statements were given in the online survey. Results: The respondents showed overall good knowledge about Tuberculosis. The females had a better understanding than males, and the interns scored better on the study than the other MBBS students. Conclusion: This study has shown that the students have high essential awareness about TB. However, section by section analysis shows that knowledge about a few topics needs to be strengthened.

Keywords


Tuberculosis, Survey, Medical students, Knowledge.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.37506/v11%2Fi2%2F2020%2Fijphrd%2F194880