Vol 9, No 4 (2020)
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Knowledge about diabetes mellitus among Polish medical students

Hanna Kwiendacz1, Katarzyna Nabrdalik1, Zenon Brzoza2, Iga Stokłosa3, Maciej Stokłosa3, Maciej Bugajski3, Ewa Olszańska3, Michał Długaszek3, Karolina Drożdż1, Weronika Hajzler3, Bożena Rabowicz1, Janusz Gumprecht1
Clin Diabetol 2020;9(4):245-252.


Introduction. Due to high prevalence of diabetes mellitus all over the world it is essential for students who will become doctors of different specialties to possess a basic knowledge of it in this field. This pilot surveybased study was designed to assess diabetes related knowledge among faculty of medicine students from all of the medical universities in Poland.
Materials and methods. Students were invited to fulfill the questionnaire during Students’ Diabetology Conference and via the Internet (social media). The survey consisted of questions about respondent’s age and personal history of diabetes and diabetes related knowledge (etiology, symptoms, risk factors, complications and treatment of diabetes mellitus and additionally a section concerning gestational diabetes).
Results. A total number of 1200 medical students from Poland (70% women; mean age [SD] 22.12 [1.83] years of age) completed the survey. Mean test result was 66.62%. The best score was observed in the group of students enrolled in the 5th and 6th year of study, and those with diabetes mellitus type 1.
Conclusions. The study outcome proves that knowledge about diabetes mellitus among surveyed medical students
in Poland is insufficient, therefore persistent improvement in transmitting it during the course of medical education is essential.

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