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To Assess the Knowledge Regarding Tuberculosis (TB) among Fifth Year Medical Students of University of Khartoum From July to October 2008

To Assess the Knowledge Regarding Tuberculosis (TB) among Fifth Year Medical Students of University of Khartoum From July to October 2008

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Title: To Assess the Knowledge Regarding Tuberculosis (TB) among Fifth Year Medical Students of University of Khartoum From July to October 2008
Author: Abdolmotaleb, Sameh
Abstract: Objective: To assess the knowledge of tuberculosis (TB) and DOTS among medical students. (Interns). Design: Cross-sectional study. Place and Duration of Study: Medical College 0f Khartoum university in September and October 2008. Subjects and Methods : A pre-tested semi-structured questionnaire consisting of 14 items was administered to medical studens/interns . The questions covered mode of transmission, symptoms of pulmonary TB, investigations, short course chemotherapy including DOTS as well as conventional anti-tubercular treatment, special situations. Results: A total of 126 interns were surveyed. However, a mere 4.2% study subjects were aware of all modes of transmission. One hundred and eighty-nine (73.8%) correctly chose sputum examination for acid fast bacilli as the single most confirmatory test for diagnosing pulmonary TB. The rest either gave incorrect responses (including ELISA-3.2%, PCR-13.1%, X-ray chest-6.3%, kwen nothing-1.7%) . Only 1.6% marked pyrazinamide and rifampicin as the agents to be avoided in patients with liver disease. Conclusion: TB is a major health problem in East Africa countries. There is a need for appropriate changes to be made in the undergraduate medical teaching/training curriculum in the concerned countries with regard to TB.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1688
Date: 2008


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