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Knowledge concerning diabetes among students of the final year of medicine.



Taking into consideration high prevalence of diabetes, it is recommended that students should have at least basic knowledge in diabetology. Medical students are future doctors and they are going to take care of patients with diabetes and its complications. It is very important to evaluate student’s knowledge and determine areas that need improvement. As a result, medical studies can equip them better for dealing with this epidemiologically important disease.


Aims and hypothesis:

The object of this study is to evaluate diabetes-related knowledge and attitudes towards diabetic patients among last year medical students. We hypothesize that diabetes-related knowledge might be insufficient. 


Countries reporting interest to participate:

Poland, Germany, Slovenia, Great Britain, Italy, India


Required data

6-year medical students participate in anonymous survey that will be sent by mail to the participating centers. The questionnaire should be handed out possibly at one time (per center) to the largest group of lat years medical students (i.ex before/during/after an exam). Questionnaire consisting of 25 questions is used, which bases on recent guidelines (Polish Diabetes Association, ISPAD consensus Guidelines). Survey includes 10 true-false questions and 15 multiple choice question with a single best answer. The answer “I don’t know” is also possible. There are additionally 5 general questions concerning gender, diabetology classes, diabetology specialization and attitude towards patients with diabetes. Questionnaire was reviewed by experts in Diabetology. Other required data - the total amount of possible respondents (the number of students of the last year) - estimated diabetes epidemiology in country (including epidemiology of different diabetes types) An electronic database will be provided to fill in the necessary data (xls, a sheet per country). Original sheets of questionnaires should be scanned and sent as several pdf files for storing. 


Suggested requirements for participation:

Possibility to access and perform the survey among student of the final year of medicine 2017/2018 – best at one time hand out and collect the survey from a large group, as during exams; if not possible other ways of performing the survey can be discussed


Analysis plan and methods:

Statistical analysis – evaluation of the results and comparison between different medical schools. Assessment which parameters (from initial general questions) are related/impact the obtained results. Analysis of the responses in order to determine those fields of diabetology that need additional attention when teaching students. 



Commitment to participate until 25.January 2018

Transfer of data – questionnaire results and other required data - until 1. August 2018 

Preliminary statistical analysis until November 2018 followed by draft of manuscript

If you are interested in applying for researching this topic, please contact:

Agata Chobot MD, PhD

Clinical Hospital No 1 in Zabrze, Poland

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