Journal of Regional Section of Serbian Medical Association in Zajecar

Year 2012     Vol 37     No 2
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      UDK 618.146-006.6-084(497.11)

ISSN 035-2899, 37(2012) No 2 p.74-80

Original paper

Knowledges and Attitudes of the Students of the High Medical School of Professional Studies in Cuprija about the Prevention of Cervical Cancer
(Znanja i stavovi studenata Visoke medicinske škole u Ćupriji o prevenciji raka grlića materice)

Ljiljana Antić (1), Dragan Antić (1), Dragana Radovanović (2), Vladimir Kaluđerović (1)


INTRODUCTION: Human Papilloma Virus represents a health problem, not only here, but also throughout the world, since according to the modern knowledge, HPV infection plays a significant role in the development of cervical cancer. The AIM of this study is to examine the differences in knowledge and attitudes of the students of the second and third years of the High Medical School of Professional Studies in Ćuprija about cervical cancer prevention. METHOD; This is a cross-sectional study, which included a sample N=107of the students of the High Medical School of Professional Studies in Ćuprija; 53 second year students (49 female and 3 male students) made the study group and 54 third year students (51 female and 3 male students) were the control group. A non-standardized questionnaire was used. RESULTS: A significantly large number of students of the study group, 22 of them (40.7%), knew to identify the types of HPV as the causes of cervical cancer as compared to 6 (11.3%) students of the control group (p=0.002). A higher level of knowledge has been registered on anti-HPV vaccines 31(57.4%) in comparison to 3 (5.7%) students of the control group (p<0.001). They also showed higher awareness about the target population for anti-HPV vaccine; 28 (51.8%) students of the study group as compared to 17 (32.1%) students of the control group. The students of the study group made the total of 200 (46.30%) correct answers. The students of the control group gave the total of 171 (40.30%) correct answers. The difference in the total of correct answers in the study and control groups was not significant (p= 0.79). CONCLUSION: The knowledge of the students, as well as the level of awareness of HPV infection, is not satisfactory in the targeted population. The focus should be placed on functional learning, so the students could implement their knowledge practically and thus contribute to the reduction of the incidence of this viral infection in our environment, as well as to the reduction of the morbidity and mortality rates in women with cervical cancer.
Key words: cervical cancer, HPV, anti-HPV vaccine, prevention

Napomena: kompletan tekst rada na srpskom jeziku
Note: full text in Serbian
      Corresponding Address:
Ljiljana Antić
Visoka medicinska škola strukovnih studija,
Bulevar Vojske bb, 35230 Ćuprija,
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Paper received: 29.3.2012
Paper accepted: 23.7.2012
Paper Internet issues: 12.11.2012
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