Socio-demographic Predictors of Knowledge of Ebola Virus Disease among Future Healthcare Professionals

    Published on:July 2021
    Journal of Young Pharmacists, 2021; 13(2):152-155
    Original Article | doi:10.5530/jyp.2021.13.31

    Muhammad Shahid Iqbal1,*, Muhammad Zahid Iqbal2, Salah-Ud-Din Khan3, Javed Khan4

    1Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-kharj, SAUDI ARABIA.

    2Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, AIMST University, 08100, Bedong, Kedah Darul Aman, MALAYSIA.

    3Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA.

    4Department of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Saudi Electronic University, 11673, Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA.


    Objectives: The current study evaluated the knowledge and its predictors regarding the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) among future healthcare professionals in a university in Malaysia. Methods: A cross-sectional study approach was utilized to recruit the study participants from three different healthcare faculties of a university. A validated research tool with a data collection form was used to obtain data by convenience sampling method. The healthcare faculties involved in the present research were pharmacy, dentistry, and medical. The Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 24.0 was used to analyze the data. Results: In the current study, a total of 273 participants were recruited. The majority of the study participants had an average and inadequate knowledge about EVD. The male participants had better adequate knowledge than females. Both univariate and multivariate logistic regression models were applied to determine the predictors of knowledge about EVD among the study participants. Statistically, a significant level was taken at p <0.05. Conclusion: Gender and healthcare professionals in the family were observed as the pure predictors of knowledge regarding EVD among the study participants.

    Key words: Knowledge, EVD, Predictors, Future healthcare professionals, Students.

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