Title

The relationship between acquired knowledge in medical school and the level of knowledge on standard precautions among medical students of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, A.Y. 2016-2017

Date of Completion

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Community Medicine

Keywords

Standard of Care, Medical Students

Abstract

The cross-sectional study was conducted at the College of Medicine, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSHSI). Ninety-eight (98) medical students selected by stratified random sampling were chosen as respondents. Data was collected using a self-administered questionnaire and was analysed using t-test, Analysis of Variance, and standard deviation. Findings showed that the level of knowledge on standard precautions among medical students was generally inadequate with knowledge mean score of 28.1 out of 36 points. Only 32% of the students demonstrated adequate level of knowledge. Majority of the participants reported that medical curriculum (42%) and pre-medical courses (40%) were 2 substantial sources for knowledge about standard precautions. Administration of statistical tests revealed the following: 1) there was no significant difference in the level of participants' knowledge in relation to exposure to lectures and trainings about standard precautions in medical school; 2) a significant difference was observed in the level of participants' knowledge in relation to their pre-medical course, between health science and non-health sciences; and 3) there was no evidence that there is an association between acquired knowledge in medical school and the level of knowledge on standard precautions among medical students of DLSHSI, A.Y. 2016-2017. Therefore, their suboptimal level of knowledge did not reflect the impact of current teaching methods provided for them. It can also be said that in general, medical students are not ready enough for exposure in dealing with patients in preventing and controlling infections in clinical practices based on the level of their knowledge on standard precautions.


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