A Survey of Knowledge, Attitude, and Preventive Measures Taken by Medical and Dental Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Shaima Zafer Khan,

Published on: 2022-04-16


Objective: With coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) becoming a global affliction, it is imperative to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices of budding healthcare professionals toward the pandemic. Hence, this study aimed to evaluate the knowledge and attitude of medical and dental students toward COVID-19 infection. In addition, the preventive measures exercised by them during the outbreak were analyzed.

Method: This study was a prospective, cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study. It was conducted over a period of 5 months from April 15, 2021 to September 15, 2021. A well-designed and validated self-administered questionnaire was disseminated through the Google Forms platform to 726 medical and dental students of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after obtaining electronic informed consent.

Result: Of the 726 respondents, 490 were women and 236 were men. As per the results, >50% of the study population followed the Ministry of Health, KSA, as their source of information to obtain latest updates on COVID-19 infection, 17.8% relied on the World Health Organization updates, and 17.1% resorted to social network updates. It was found that 92.33% of the medical and dental students had adequate knowledge of the pandemic and that 96.55% demonstrated a positive attitude toward it. Furthermore, 81.84% of the participants adopted good practices with regard to the infection.

Conclusion: The present study established that the medical and dental students of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, have an adequate knowledge about the pandemic. The students also displayed a positive attitude toward the situation. However, with the decline in the infection rate, the practice measures have been reduced.

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