Knowledge and attitudes about burn complications in medical students

The objective of this cross sectional study was to assess knowledge and attitudes in medical students regarding burn complications. A 12-question survey was distributed among 3rd, 4th and 5th year students of public sector medical colleges of Karachi, Pakistan. Out of 353 respondents, the proportion of students that were aware of burn complications was the following, with an expected response of 100% for each complication: depression [86%], fear [53.3%], post-traumatic stress disorder [40.8%], suicidal tendencies [35.1%], sleep disorder [30%], anxiety [27%], guilt [12.7%], personality changes [7%], eating disorder [5.4%], cardiac arrest [68%], hypothermia [64.3%], contractures [61%], infection [43.6%], chronic pain [41.6%], scarring [33%], chronic inflammation [24.9%], and muscle wasting [22.9%]. Most students were of the view that scarring occurs in third-degree burns [68%] only; being unaware of its presence in second-degree burns. 19.3% of the students incorrectly thought that surgery is needed for the healing of all burn patients. There appears to be a lack of basic knowledge about the physiological and psychological complications of burns among medical students of Pakistan.
Source: Burns - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research

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