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IJMDC. 2020; 4(10): 1679-1685

Assessment of the knowledge toward sleep medicine among medical students at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Danah Mohamed A. Alghamdi, Faisal Khaled Albugami, Wejdan Abdullah BinHumaidan, Omar Ahmed Alharthi, Khaled A. Yaghmour.


Background: Sleep disorders, including sleep deprivation and sleepiness, have become a severe health issue in modern society and could lead to serious health consequences, including lowering productivity and personal deterioration. This study aimed to assess the knowledge and attitude among undergraduate medical students studying at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah.
Methodology: The study was conducted between April 2020 and June 2020 among undergraduate students at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, which included students from 4th, 5th, and 6th years. Data were collected using a questionnaire consisting of a section for socio-demographics, which had age, gender, academic level, and GPA. A second section also included a validated 30-item questionnaire-Assessment of Sleep Knowledge in Medical Education. The total scores were then converted into percentages and were categorized into two groups: high scores (≥ 60%) and lo w scores ( 4.5 gave higher scores compared to other students, which showed no statistical significance [χ2 (2.568) = 5.002, p = 0. 082)]
Conclusion: This study summarizes that medical undergraduates have inadequate knowledge in the field of Sleep Medicine. This shows a lack of training in medical schools relating to sleep disorders, even though there is a very high prevalence of these disorders in the kingdom.

Key words: Sleep medicine, medical students.

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