Assessment of Indian Medical Graduate (IMG)’s knowledge about emergency contraception (EC) in a medical college of Himachal Pradesh
Keywords:Curriculum, Emergency Contraception (EC), Health, Informed Consent, Knowledge, Over the Counter (OTC), Undergraduate
Background: Undergraduate curriculum of the medicine is created to ensure achievement of goal of “health for all” in India. In addition, it aspires graduates to meet or exceed global benchmark in knowledge, attitude, skills and communication (1). Objectives: 1) To assess undergraduates’ knowledge regarding the types and correct usage of available Emergency Contraceptives. 2) To utilize the data base for capacity building by focusing on the Core Competency of Emergency Contraceptives. Methods: This cross-sectional study was done among 442 undergraduates of all the Profs in our college in September 2017 after approval from Institutional Ethical Committee (17/66) and informed verbal consent from the participants. This pretested, pre-designed and self-administered 11-questionnaire proforma in English was used as a tool of investigation. Results: Maximum participation was from 3rd and 4th year. 7.2 % had a very poor knowledge, attempted 3 or less questions correctly. Only 14.5% attempted 8 or more questions correctly. Conclusion: Young population of our country forms the broad base of the pyramid, they should be provided with correct knowledge about EC for improving their reproductive health. Since these graduates are going to serve the community, their knowledge and skill in this core competency is going to help the community.
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