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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 713-717

Knowledge about obstructive sleep apnea among medical undergraduate students: A long way to go!

1 Department of Psychiatry, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Ravi Gupta
Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh - 249 203, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_587_19

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Objective: The aim is to study the knowledge and attitude of medical undergraduate students regarding obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study involved 324 medical undergraduate students in clinical semesters. Knowledge and attitude regarding adult OSA were assessed using the obstructive sleep apnea knowledge and attitude (OSAKA), and to evaluate the same about childhood OSA, OSAKA-KIDS was used. Results: Results showed that the study population was not informed about OSA among adults as well as kids. Most of the participants could recognize that snoring was a common symptom of adult OSA but failed to identify the association between childhood OSA and hyperactivity. The participants had a good knowledge about the pathophysiology of OSA. More than 80% of students reported that OSA is an important disorder and that these patients should be identified. Conclusion: Medical undergraduates are poorly informed about OSA.



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