Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(10): 1554-1560

Knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among university students: a cross-sectional survey in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Abdulrhman Aldukhayel, Raghad Juaidan Almutairi Alhomidani, Nouf Salem Almazyad, Hajar Abdullah AlHindi, Hajar Abdullah Alsudairi.

ABSTRACT

Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a rapidly expanding pandemic caused by a novel human coronavirus. As the outbreak has impacted all stakeholders in the education sector, including university students, it is believed that to facilitate the outbreak management of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia, this study was aimed to understand the publicís awareness of COVID-19. In this study, we aimed to investigate the knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among Qassim University students during the period of the COVID-19 outbreak. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted using a validated questionnaire and involving students from various health specialties enrolled at Qassim University in Saudi Arabia. The sample size was 303 students (209 males and 94 females). Age varied from 18 to 28 years old, but most (74.9%) were aged between 21 and 24 years old. Results: Regarding participantsí knowledge about COVID-19, the total mean score was 4.33 (SD = 0.77) out of 5 points, indicating that most of the students (85.8%) had good knowledge. Concerning attitude toward COVID- 19, the total mean score was 3.35 (SD = 1.09), which means that participants were approximately divided in half between the positive and negative attitudes. Concerning practices, the mean score was 3.52 (SD = 0.96), with 44.6% and 55.4% compromising inactive and proactive approaches, respectively. Conclusion: The outcome of this cross-sectional study shows that most of the Qassim University students belonging to different medical fields were well informed of basic information and has positive attitudes, and proactive practices toward COVID-19, indicating the efficacy of the current public health campaign.

Keywords:
COVID-19, attitude, practices, Saudi Arabia, university students, Qassim


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Knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among university students: a cross-sectional survey in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Abdulrhman Aldukhayel
College of Medicine, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
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Raghad Juaidan Almutairi Alhomidani
College of Medicine, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
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Nouf Salem Almazyad
College of Medicine, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
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Hajar Abdullah AlHindi
College of Medicine, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
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Hajar Abdullah Alsudairi
College of Medicine, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Raghad Juaidan Almutairi Alhomidani, College of Medicine, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia.; raghad.alhomidani@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 11 Aug 2020
Accepted 03 Sep 2020
Published online 19 Sep 2020
Published in print 11 Oct 2020

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Aldukhayel A, Alhomidani RJA, Almazyad NS, AlHindi HA, Alsudairi HA. Knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among university students: a cross-sectional survey in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(10): 1554-1560. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1597038674


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Aldukhayel A, Alhomidani RJA, Almazyad NS, AlHindi HA, Alsudairi HA. Knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among university students: a cross-sectional survey in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=123602 [Access: November 26, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1597038674


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Aldukhayel A, Alhomidani RJA, Almazyad NS, AlHindi HA, Alsudairi HA. Knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among university students: a cross-sectional survey in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(10): 1554-1560. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1597038674


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Aldukhayel A, Alhomidani RJA, Almazyad NS, AlHindi HA, Alsudairi HA. Knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among university students: a cross-sectional survey in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited November 26, 2020]; 4(10): 1554-1560. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1597038674


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Aldukhayel, A., Alhomidani, . R. J. A., Almazyad, . N. S., AlHindi, . H. A. & Alsudairi, . H. A. (2020) Knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among university students: a cross-sectional survey in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (10), 1554-1560. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1597038674


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Aldukhayel, Abdulrhman, Raghad Juaidan Almutairi Alhomidani, Nouf Salem Almazyad, Hajar Abdullah AlHindi, and Hajar Abdullah Alsudairi. 2020. Knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among university students: a cross-sectional survey in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (10), 1554-1560. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1597038674


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Aldukhayel, Abdulrhman, Raghad Juaidan Almutairi Alhomidani, Nouf Salem Almazyad, Hajar Abdullah AlHindi, and Hajar Abdullah Alsudairi. "Knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among university students: a cross-sectional survey in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 1554-1560. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1597038674


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Aldukhayel, Abdulrhman, Raghad Juaidan Almutairi Alhomidani, Nouf Salem Almazyad, Hajar Abdullah AlHindi, and Hajar Abdullah Alsudairi. "Knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among university students: a cross-sectional survey in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.10 (2020), 1554-1560. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1597038674


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Aldukhayel, A., Alhomidani, . R. J. A., Almazyad, . N. S., AlHindi, . H. A. & Alsudairi, . H. A. (2020) Knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with COVID-19 among university students: a cross-sectional survey in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (10), 1554-1560. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1597038674


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