Knowledge and Attitude about Radiation Effects on Pregnant Women among Medical Students
INTRODUCTION: Radiation and safety aspects while during pregnancy are always a matter of concern. It is required for medical students to learn about the various effects of radiology as ionizing radiation are carrying strong biological effects on pregnant females. AIM: To assess the awareness level among medical students regarding radiation risks for pregnant women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This Questionnaire based cross sectional study was conducted among 250 medical students in one medical institute in India. Questionnaire consisted of knowledge and attitude related questions regarding effects of radiation on pregnancy and collected data was analyzed by using SPSS and descriptive statistics and chi square test was used for further analysis. RESULTS: In the present study, MBBS students were 60 (24%) and BDS were 190 (76%). 100% MBBS students reported that X-rays are destructive to pregnant females in comparison to only 90% BDS students (p=0.01). Both 75% MBBS and 70% BDS students “strongly agreed” to the fact that “Education and training programmes should be conducted for increased awareness among medical professionals regarding the radiation effects in pregnant females (non-significant). CONCLUSION: Although medical students were aware about radiology and pregnancy related effects but still there is room for improvement.
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