Knowledge, attitude and practice of malaysian medical and pharmacy students towards human papillomavirus vaccination

Hesham H. Rashwan, Nur Zakiah Mohd Saat, Dahlia Nadira Abd Manan

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Abstract

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and oncogenic HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer. However, HPV vaccination is already available as the primary preventive method against cervical cancer. The objective of this study was to determine the level of knowledge, attitude and practice of HPV vaccination among Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Malaya (UM) students. This study was conducted from March until August 2009. Pre-tested and validated questionnaires were filled by the third year UKM (n=156) and UM (n=149) students from medical, dentistry and pharmacy faculties. The results showed that the overall level of knowledge on HPV infection, cervical cancer and its prevention among respondents was high and themajority of them had positive attitude towards HPV vaccination. Medical students had the highest level of knowledge (p<0.05). Very few students (3.6%) had already taken the vaccine with no significant difference between the two Universities (p=0.399). In conclusion, the knowledge and attitude of the respondents were high and positive, respectively. Only few students took HPV vaccination. Thus, more awareness campaigns and HPV vaccination services should be provided at universities' campuses with the price of the HPV vaccine reduced for the students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2279-2283
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Pharmacy Students
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Medical Students
Vaccination
Malaysia
Students
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Papillomavirus Infections
Papillomavirus Vaccines
Medical Faculties
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Dentistry
Vaccines

Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Cervical cancer
  • HPV vaccines
  • Knowledge
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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Knowledge, attitude and practice of malaysian medical and pharmacy students towards human papillomavirus vaccination. / Rashwan, Hesham H.; Mohd Saat, Nur Zakiah; Manan, Dahlia Nadira Abd.

In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 13, No. 5, 2012, p. 2279-2283.

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