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Knowledge towards COVID-19 among healthcare students in the central region of Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional observational study
  1. Syed Fareed Mohsin1,
  2. Muhammad Atif Agwan2,
  3. Ziyad Ahmad Alsuwaydani3
  1. 1 Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences, Qassim University College of Dentistry, Ar Rass, Saudi Arabia
  2. 2 Restorative Dentistry, Qassim University College of Dentistry, Ar Rass, Saudi Arabia
  3. 3 Student, Qassim University College of Dentistry, Ar Rass, Saudi Arabia
  1. Correspondence to Syed Fareed Mohsin, Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences, Qassim University College of Dentistry, Alshunanah Street, 52719, Ar Rass, Qassim, KSA; sfareedmohsin{at}gmail.com; dr.fareed.mohsin{at}qudent.org

Abstract

Study Purpose Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious illness of high public concern. Healthcare students are directly or indirectly exposed to this disease. This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge of healthcare students in the central region of Saudi Arabia.

Study Design A cross-sectional survey was planned to collect information from healthcare students living in the central region of Saudi Arabia. A questionnaire was formulated to evaluate the healthcare student’s knowledge towards COVID-19 pandemic. The collected data were analysed by using frequencies of correct knowledge answers.

Results A total of 612 students were analysed for the study. The overall knowledge score of healthcare students was 65.7%. The regression analysis showed a significant association between academic year and knowledge score p<0.001.

Conclusions Our analysis demonstrates satisfactory student’s knowledge but lacks awareness about background and mode of transmission of this disease; therefore, there is a strong need for further education and training programmes.

  • Infectious diseases
  • infection control
  • public health
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  • Contributors SFM conceived and designed the study, conducted statistical analysis and wrote the manuscript. ASA and ZAA collected and analysed the data, and edited the manuscript. SFM and ASA drafted the article and revised it critically for important intellectual content. All authors revised and approved the final version.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article or uploaded as supplementary information.

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