Knowledge, attitude, and practice of white coat use among medical students during clinical practice (LAUNDERKAP): A cross-sectional study

Chan, Chee K. and Lam, Thian Y. and Langkeas, Mohanavel and Jeffrie, A. Ghani and Afieq, S.K. Anuar and Lee, Choon J. and Loo, Qing Y. and Heng, Wei Y. and Lai, Pauline S.M. * and Koh, Kwee C. and Loh, Huai H. and Najma, Kori and Helmi, Sulaiman (2024) Knowledge, attitude, and practice of white coat use among medical students during clinical practice (LAUNDERKAP): A cross-sectional study. American Journal of Infection Control, 52 (1). pp. 35-40. ISSN 1527-3296

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Background Recent studies found white coats to be reservoirs for bacteria and medical students did not conform to proper hygiene measures when using these white coats. We investigated the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of medical students toward white coat use in clinical settings (LAUNDERKAP). Methods A validated, online-based survey was disseminated to 670 students from four Malaysian medical schools via random sampling. Scores were classified into good, moderate, or poor knowledge and practice, and positive, neutral, or negative attitude. Mann-Whitney U and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used to analyze the relationship between demographic variables and knowledge, attitude, and practice scores. Results A total of 492/670 students responded (response rate: 73.4%). A majority showed negative attitudes (n = 246, 50%), poor knowledge (n = 294, 59.8%), and moderate practice (n = 239, 48.6%). Senior and clinical year students had more negative attitudes. Male students had higher knowledge, while students from private medical schools and preclinical years had better practice. There was a significant relationship between attitude and practice (r = 0.224, P < .01), as well as knowledge and practice (r = 0.111, P < .05). Conclusions The results demonstrate the need for more education to improve medical students’ infection control practices. Our results can also guide decision-making among administrators on the role of white coats as part of medical student attire.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hospital attire; infection control; junior doctor
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > School of Medical and Life Sciences [formerly School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences until 2020]
Depositing User: Ms Yong Yee Chan
Date Deposited: 20 May 2024 06:47
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 06:47

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