Knowledge, attitude and practice on blood donation among health science students in a University campus, South India

Karakkamandapam Sabu, A. Remya, V. S. Binu, Raghavan Vivek

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Background: The major part of demand for blood in India has been meeting through voluntary blood donations. The healthy, active and receptive huge student population is potential blood donors to meet safe blood requirements. However, there is a paucity of studies on awareness and attitude among health science students on voluntary blood donation. Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the knowledge and attitude about blood donation among health science students. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 410 health sciences students from different streams in a University campus of South India through a structured survey questionnaire in the year 2009. Results: The overall knowledge on blood donation was good, but majority (62%) of students never donated blood. Knowledge level was found highest among allied health science (53.1%) and lowest among pharmacy students (20.7%). 'Feeling of medically unfit' and 'never thought of blood donation' were the major reasons for not donating blood. A significant association was observed between different streams of students and levels of knowledge and attitude about blood donation. Conclusion: This study elicits the importance of adopting effective measures in our campuses to motivate about voluntary blood donation among students.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOnline Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11-11-2011

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Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Blood Donors
India
Students
Health
Pharmacy Students
Attitude to Health
Emotions
Cross-Sectional Studies

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Knowledge, attitude and practice on blood donation among health science students in a University campus, South India. / Sabu, Karakkamandapam; Remya, A.; Binu, V. S.; Vivek, Raghavan.

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