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IJMDC. 2022; 6(1): 86-95

Awareness and knowledge about painconcepts among medical students in King Abdulaziz University: a cross-section study

Nora Hatem Trabulsi, Abdulmajeed Abdullah R. Alzahrani, Abdulmajeed Medhat A. Khafagy, Mohanned Mohammed A. Banaamah, Fawaz Abdullah S. Alazdi, Mohammed A. Safhi, Abdulaziz Mamdouh Saleem, Mai Sadaka Kadi, Mohammed Osama Nassif, Ali Abdullah Samkari.


Background: Pain is a common presenting complain in general practice and constitutes a major proportion of outpatient visits. This study aimed to assess clinical medical students' knowledge and awareness regarding pain concepts at King Abdulaziz University (KAU).
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using a questionnaire administered through an online survey form among medical students of KAU. The questionnaire contained baseline characteristics of students and open and closed-ended items related to awareness and knowledge regarding pain concepts.
Results: The study showed that 63.8% of medical students reported attending lectures on pain management, and among those, 55.6% received that within the medical curricula. It was found that 19.2% reported that they educated patients suffering from acute/chronic pain. Only 17% students demonstrated good knowledge regarding pain concepts. The knowledge level of the students showed a significant relationship with grade point average and clinical interest of the students (p < 0.05).
Conclusion: The study demonstrated a deficiency in knowledge and exposure regarding pain concepts and their management. Undergraduate medical curricula should be reassessed in that aspect to provide adequate training in pain management.

Key words: Awareness, knowledge, pain concepts, pain management, medical students

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