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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-41

Practical diabetes knowledge of final-year medical students in Tripoli, Libya

Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya

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Ala-Eddin S Sagar
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Fateh University, Tripoli
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1947-489X.210850

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Objectives: To evaluate the practical knowledge of final year medical students as it relates to care of patients with diabetes. Methods: A convenient sample of 325 students (2006) from the Faculty of Medicine at Al-Fateh University, Tripoli, Libya was studied. An Arabic “Short Diabetes Knowledge Test” consisting of 24 multiple choice questions (14 general questions and 10 questions specific to insulin-treatment issues) was used. Results: The mean total score was 76.7% [18.4/24 (range 9-24)], 71.4% [10.0/14 (range 4-10)] for the general questions and 85% [8.5/10 (range 4-10)] for insulin-treatment related questions. The highest scores (>90% correct) were related to clinical management issues such as hypoglycemia, insulin-dosing, driving, and complications. Whereas, the lowest scores (<50% correct) were in four questions related to dietary education. Conclusions: This information should be helpful in planning the diabetes curriculum for medical students.

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