Awareness of hepatitis B virus among undergraduate medical and non-medical students

Ali A. Al-Jabri, Samir Al-Adawi, Jehan H. Al-Abri, Said H. Al-Dhahry

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Objectives: To investigate the awareness of Omani medical and non-medical students of hepatitis-B virus (HBV) infection. Methods: A structured questionnaire of 31 different statements concerning basic knowledge of HBV, its modes of transmission, diagnosis, risk behaviors, prevention, treatment, beliefs as well as attitudes towards patients with HBV infection were distributed to 280 students (154 females and 126 males). Of these 138 were pre-clinical medical students and 142 were non-medical students. The study was conducted at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman during the period of 2001 to 2003. Results: The majority of the students (75%) were aware that HBV is a common cause of hepatitis and 50.7% of them think that HBV infection is preventable. Availability of vaccine is a fact appreciated more by medical (65.2%) than by non-medical (35.2%) students (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-487
Number of pages4
JournalSaudi Medical Journal
Volume25
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004

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