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Awareness and knowledge of rheumatology subspecialty among clinical students in a Nigerian medical school

Airenakho Emorinken, Asuwemhe Johnson Ugheoke, Folasade Ojuolape Agbebaku, Mercy Ofunami Dic-Ijiewere, Blessyn Omoye Akpasubi, Alexander Kanayo Okonkwo.

Abstract
Background: Rheumatology is a dynamic medical speciality with over 200 diagnoses and syndromes. There has been little or no emphasis on emphasis on rheumatology education in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa despite the increasing burden of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases globally.

Objectives: The study aims to assess the awareness of clinical students to rheumatology as a subspecialty, and also to evaluate their knowledge of rheumatology.
Methods: Anonymized self-administered questionnaire to evaluate the awareness and knowledge of rheumatology speciality was administered to 200 clinical students from fourth to final year in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, South-south Nigeria after informed consent. The data were analyzed using the SPSS version 22 and the level of significance was set at P<0.05.

Results: The response rate was 186 (93%) with 98 (52.7) males. Though 70.4% of the respondents affirmed to be aware of rheumatology speciality, their level of awareness was poor as over 70% of the respondent scored less than 5 out of 10 points on a scale. Information regarding rheumatology was acquired largely from lectures. The class level of the respondents correlates significantly to the awareness and knowledge of rheumatology (p < 0.001).

Conclusions: The findings of the study showed inadequate knowledge and level of awareness of rheumatology speciality among the students. However, the level of knowledge and awareness correlated with increasing class level.

Key words: Rheumatology subspecialty, Medical education, Students awareness


 
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Emorinken A, Ugheoke AJ, Agbebaku FO, Dic-Ijiewere MO, Akpasubi BO, Okonkwo AK. Awareness and knowledge of rheumatology subspecialty among clinical students in a Nigerian medical school. Int J Med Rev Case Rep. 2021; 5(5): 33-38. doi:10.5455/IJMRCR.Awareness-knowledge-rheumatology-172-1611180597


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Emorinken A, Ugheoke AJ, Agbebaku FO, Dic-Ijiewere MO, Akpasubi BO, Okonkwo AK. Awareness and knowledge of rheumatology subspecialty among clinical students in a Nigerian medical school. http://www.mdpub.net/?mno=47439 [Access: December 31, 2021]. doi:10.5455/IJMRCR.Awareness-knowledge-rheumatology-172-1611180597


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Emorinken A, Ugheoke AJ, Agbebaku FO, Dic-Ijiewere MO, Akpasubi BO, Okonkwo AK. Awareness and knowledge of rheumatology subspecialty among clinical students in a Nigerian medical school. Int J Med Rev Case Rep. 2021; 5(5): 33-38. doi:10.5455/IJMRCR.Awareness-knowledge-rheumatology-172-1611180597



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Emorinken A, Ugheoke AJ, Agbebaku FO, Dic-Ijiewere MO, Akpasubi BO, Okonkwo AK. Awareness and knowledge of rheumatology subspecialty among clinical students in a Nigerian medical school. Int J Med Rev Case Rep. (2021), [cited December 31, 2021]; 5(5): 33-38. doi:10.5455/IJMRCR.Awareness-knowledge-rheumatology-172-1611180597



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Emorinken, A., Ugheoke, . A. J., Agbebaku, . F. O., Dic-Ijiewere, . M. O., Akpasubi, . B. O. & Okonkwo, . A. K. (2021) Awareness and knowledge of rheumatology subspecialty among clinical students in a Nigerian medical school. Int J Med Rev Case Rep, 5 (5), 33-38. doi:10.5455/IJMRCR.Awareness-knowledge-rheumatology-172-1611180597



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Emorinken, Airenakho, Asuwemhe Johnson Ugheoke, Folasade Ojuolape Agbebaku, Mercy Ofunami Dic-Ijiewere, Blessyn Omoye Akpasubi, and Alexander Kanayo Okonkwo. 2021. Awareness and knowledge of rheumatology subspecialty among clinical students in a Nigerian medical school. International Journal of Medical Reviews and Case Reports, 5 (5), 33-38. doi:10.5455/IJMRCR.Awareness-knowledge-rheumatology-172-1611180597



Chicago Style

Emorinken, Airenakho, Asuwemhe Johnson Ugheoke, Folasade Ojuolape Agbebaku, Mercy Ofunami Dic-Ijiewere, Blessyn Omoye Akpasubi, and Alexander Kanayo Okonkwo. "Awareness and knowledge of rheumatology subspecialty among clinical students in a Nigerian medical school." International Journal of Medical Reviews and Case Reports 5 (2021), 33-38. doi:10.5455/IJMRCR.Awareness-knowledge-rheumatology-172-1611180597



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Emorinken, Airenakho, Asuwemhe Johnson Ugheoke, Folasade Ojuolape Agbebaku, Mercy Ofunami Dic-Ijiewere, Blessyn Omoye Akpasubi, and Alexander Kanayo Okonkwo. "Awareness and knowledge of rheumatology subspecialty among clinical students in a Nigerian medical school." International Journal of Medical Reviews and Case Reports 5.5 (2021), 33-38. Print. doi:10.5455/IJMRCR.Awareness-knowledge-rheumatology-172-1611180597



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Emorinken, A., Ugheoke, . A. J., Agbebaku, . F. O., Dic-Ijiewere, . M. O., Akpasubi, . B. O. & Okonkwo, . A. K. (2021) Awareness and knowledge of rheumatology subspecialty among clinical students in a Nigerian medical school. International Journal of Medical Reviews and Case Reports, 5 (5), 33-38. doi:10.5455/IJMRCR.Awareness-knowledge-rheumatology-172-1611180597