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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 3030-3036

Medical students vs general public awareness regarding disc prolapse in Jeddah


Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Zeyad A Alamri
Jeddah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_36_20

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Background: Disc herniation is a condition where tearing occurs in the outer annular layer of the intervertebral pad leading the inner gel-like material to bulge ouwards the spinal cord, due to the high load of the vertebrae. This will produce back pain and symptoms in different sites according to the level of the herniation in the vertebral column. Aim: To compare the level of awareness regarding disc herniation among the general population and medical students in Jeddah. Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted through an electronic questionnaire to assess the level of awareness regarding disc prolapse among the general population and medical students in Jeddah. The questionnaire was in the Arabic language, it was taken and validated by the previous study which took place in Taif. Results: Our studied sample involved 1026 individuals aged between 11 and 99 years, with a mean age of 34.03 ± 13.28 years old. More than half of the respondents were female (55.4%), most of them were Saudi nationals (90.1%), and most of them have received a higher education (67.7%). Results showed that 54.1% of the general population and 77.7% of medical students reported good knowledge regarding this condition. Conclusion: This study revealed that the level of awareness regarding disc prolapse among the general population and medical students was poor in some respects such as: knowledge about the preventive measures, symptoms of the disease, the most common site in the spine affected by the disease, and the gold standard imaging method to diagnose this disease.


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