Assessment of Disaster Preparedness Level of Medical Students of a University, Turkey
Mustafa Tozun 1 * , Irem Zengi 1, Bilal Can Kart 2, Ezgi Ugur 2, Melike Cumen 2, Safak Kalender 2, Mert Dikmeoglu 2, Simge Seker 2, Omer Aydin 2
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1 Department of Public Health, Medical Faculty, Izmir Katip Celebi University, Izmir, TURKEY2 Medical Faculty, Izmir Katip Celebi University, Izmir, TURKEY* Corresponding Author

Abstract

Introduction: In disaster-prone countries, preparedness is a very important factor in reducing the damages of disaster. The aim of this study is to determine the disaster preparedness knowledge level of a university’s medical students and to evaluate the relationships between possible related factors and disaster preparedness knowledge.
Material and Method: This study is a cross-sectional study. The subject of research is measuring the level of disaster preparedness knowledge. The working period in which the online survey is applied is December 1-December 31, 2020. It was aimed to participate that attend the first and second grades of the medical faculty studying in the main campus of a University in Turkey. In order to compare the knowledge level of disaster preparedness among medical students, it was planned to include other faculty students as a control group. In the study, 75 medical students and 20 students from other faculties participated. A high score indicates good disaster preparedness. Chi-square, Mann Whitney U, and Kruskal Wallis were used in the statistical analyses.
Results: The median value for disaster preparedness level score for all participants was 51.0 (min: 23.0; max: 63.0). Disaster preparedness knowledge level median score (54.0 [29.0-63.0]) was higher in women than men (48.5 [23.0-62.0]) (p<0.05). The median score of disaster preparedness knowledge level (53.0 [23.0-63.0]) of the second and upper grade was higher than the median score (49.0 [29.0-62.0]) of the first-year students (p<0.05). The median score of disaster preparedness knowledge level (55.0 [34.0-62.0]) was higher than the others (49.0 [23.0-63.0]) in those living in the city where their family resides (p<0.05).
Conclusion: It can be said that the level of disaster preparedness for all participants is good. It is recommended to conduct a similar study in a larger study group.

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Article Type: Research Article

EUR J ENV PUBLIC HLT, 2022, Volume 6, Issue 1, Article No: em0107

https://doi.org/10.21601/ejeph/11834

Publication date: 03 Mar 2022

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