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[Study on the level of knowledge about medical marijuana among medical students].

Wiad Lek. 2020;73(4):648-656

Authors: Bielski A, Hus A, Sadowska A, Kosson D

OBJECTIVE: Introduction: Medical marijuana is used in many diseases. There are not many studies on society’s knowledge about use of medical cannabis. This study aimed to check the level of knowledge about aspects of medical cannabis among students of medical and medical emergency degree courses. Authors emphasize the need of knowledge about law regulations, composition, properties or contraindications of medical cannabis among students of medical universities, as they are fundamental resource of information for patients and any other person who is not included in medical world.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Material and methods: An original questionnaire containing 29 questions was created. There were 311 randomly selected students from medicine (N=52), nursing (N=117), midwifery (N=66), paramedicine (N=54) and dietetics (N=22). Results of the study were evaluated with help of statistical test ANOVA and student t-test. The Bioethical Committee at the Medical University of Warsaw took note of the information about the study and issued a statement with reference number AKBE/35/2020.
RESULTS: Results: The correctness of answers among students was on the average level of 24.06%. In the survey, the highest percentage of correct answers was characteristic for medicalstudents, achieving about 35.0% effectiveness, then medical emergency students answered correctly in 26.9%, nursing – 23.7%, obstetrics – 21.5%, dietetics – 13.2%. Among all groups, the answer was « I don’t know »: medical students – 44.0% of all answers, emergency medical services – 53.2%, nursing – 56.2% obstetrics – 62.4%, dietetics – 73.9%. The value of correct answers was assessed as statically valid in the ANOVA test; at the significance level p = 0.05 (F-ratio: 11.32004; p = 0.0001). In the t-student test, it was proved that the ANOVA test result relates to the variance of responses between all study groups except dietetics.
CONCLUSION: Conclusions: The level of knowledge of medical students is insufficient to inform patients about possibility of using medical marijuana in their diseases. The low level of knowledge is conditioned by little time at the university devoted to medical marijuana. Education of students about medical marijuana should be increased.

PMID: 32731691 [PubMed – in process]

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