Public Health and Preventive Medicine
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Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Vol.4, No.1, Mar. 2018, Pub. Date: Jun. 6, 2018
Attitude and Awareness Towards Reproductive Medicine Among Medical Students from Different Racial Background
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Authors
[01] Thin Nandi Swe Win, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia.
[02] Foo Sulynn, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia.
[03] Hedir Bin Mohd Harun, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia.
[04] Wong Kit Chuen, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia.
[05] Song Poh Siang, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia.
Abstract
Infertility cause significant decrease in populations worldwide. Little is known about the Reproductive medicine and assisted reproductive therapy is the solution for infertility in not only general populations but also among medical students. The objective of present study was to investigate attitude and awareness of medical students towards reproductive medicine in private medical college in Malaysia. This cross-sectional study was carried out in private medical college in Malaysia from March 2018 to April 2018. Sociodemographic data and attitude and awareness information were collected using a short-structured questionnaire. Odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were derived from Chi-square statistical test. We calculated the Cronbach’s Alpha to assess internal consistency of the questionnaire. The Cronbach’s alpha value was 0.678. In 233 participants, Female students are 0.71 times more aware of the reproductive medicine, but this is not significant. Among all the ethnic group, Indian has highest awareness compare to others: OR 2.44, 95% CI 1.2-4.92 [P=0.011] and among religion Hindu has highest awareness: OR 3.85, 95% CI 1.45-10.25 [P=0.005]. In attitude scores Buddhist has the highest mean attitude score of 64.04±6.61 follow by Hindu, Islam and Christian with [P<0.01]. As for ethnicity, Chinese scored the highest mean attitude score of 63.19±6.61 compared to others which scored 62.84±9.60, Indian 62±7.49, and Malay the least mean attitude score of 58.59±7.91. There is significant association between ethnicity and attitude as P-value is <0.01. In conclusion, the findings of the present study suggest that most of medical students have moderate attitude and awareness towards reproductive medicine. The ethnic backgrounds of medical students may have influence on attitude and awareness towards reproductive medicine.
Keywords
Attitude, Awareness, Reproductive Medicine, Students
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