DENGUE FEVER-RELATED KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES OF UNIVERSITY PHARMACY STUDENTS
 
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University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City
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Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine
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Lac Hong University,
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Lac Hong University
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Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine
Online publication date: 2018-05-16
Publication date: 2018-05-16
 
Eurasian J Anal Chem 2018;13(3):emEJAC04002
 
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Background:Dengue fever, a global disease that was first discovered in the 1950s, occurs in urban poor areas, suburbs and countrysides, especially in tropical countries, such as Vietnam. Given this prevalence, a necessary requirement is to analysethe knowledge, attitudes and practicesrelated to dengue control in the country. Methods:This cross-sectional study administered a survey to242 students from theFaculty of Pharmacy at Lac Hong University from June to October 2018. Data wereanalysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (version 20.0) and Microsoft Excel (version 2010). Results:Amongst the participating students, 149 were female (61.6%), and 93 were male (38.4%). The average scoresof the students in theknowledge, attitude and practice sections of the questionnaire were 13.79, 10.36 and 6.49, respectively. The proportions of students who exhibited correct dengue fever-related knowledge, attitudes and practiceswere 27.7%, 53.3% and 60.7%, respectively. Conclusion:A correlation amongstknowledge, attitudes and practicesregarding dengue fever prevention was found in the pharmacy students. This result highlights the need to improve the understanding and perceptions of such learnerswith respect to the propagation of information on the disease and itsprevention.Such programmes would benefitthe practices implemented at the academiccommunity level.
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