• citations in SCIndeks: 0
  • citations in CrossRef:0
  • citations in Google Scholar:[]
  • visits in previous 30 days:32
  • full-text downloads in 30 days:11


article: 7 from 93  
Back back to result list
2022, vol. 73, iss. 1, pp. 62-67
Sources of information among medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic
aUniversity of Belgrade, Faculty of Medicine
bUniversity of Belgrade, Faculty of Medicine + University of Belgrade, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Medical Statistics and Informatics
Introduction: The use of relevant sources of information and a high level of knowledge about risky behavior and ways of COVID-19 transmission are crucial for disease prevention and its spread. Aim: The aim of this study was to assess sources of information among medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Material and methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 373 students of the Faculty of Medicine University of Belgrade. The anonymous questionnaire consisted of 3 parts: socio-demographic characteristics, information sources and the attitude towards available information about COVID-19. Questionnaire was available online during January 2021. Results: At the beginning of the pandemic, one third of the students were informed several times a day (37.5%), latter it would drop to being informed several times a week (33.8%) (p < 0.05). Television and official websites were stated as the main information sources during the pandemic. Students of IV - VI year of medical school significantly more often informed themselves from official websites in contrast to I - III year students (75.5% vs 61.6%, p = 0.014). More than 2/3 of the students stated that the information about the coronavirus is accurate and up-to-date, but only a third were satisfied with the information during the pandemic. Conclusion: A large number of arteriolosclerotic CSVD patients complain of different types of headaches. The results of this study should emphasize the importance of mass and social media to public health policymakers as the most common sources of public information, which can reduce the spread of inaccurate information that can affect people's behavior towards a pandemic. This study also accentuated the need to make the younger student population aware of the importance of using relevant and reliable sources of information.
Newly uploaded article: references checking, normalizing and linking in progress.
Lu R, Zhao X, Li J, Niu P, Yang B, Wu H, et al. Genomic characterisation and epidemiology of 2019 novel coronavirus: implications for virus origins and receptor binding. Lancet. 2020; 395(10224):565-74.
Zhu N, Zhang D, Wang W, Li X, Yang B, Song J, et al. A Novel Coronavirus from Patients with Pneumonia in China, 2019. N Engl J Med. 2020; 382(8):727-33.
World Health Organization (Internet). Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19-11 (updated 2020 Mart; cited 2021 February 28). Available from:
Ministratstvo zdravlja Republike Srbije. (Internet). Statistički podaci o virusu Covid 19 u Republici Srbiji. (updated 2020 Mart; cited 2021 February 28). Available from:
WHO. Weekly Operational Update on COVID-19. World Heal Organ (Internet). (updated 2020 November; cited 2021 February 28). Available from: weekly-update-on-covid-19---16-october-2020.
WHO. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic. (Internet). (updated 2020 November; cited 2021 February 28). Available from:
Huang C, Wang Y, Li X, Ren L, Zhao J, Hu Y, et al. Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Lancet. 2020; 395:497-506.
Chan JFW, Kok KH, Zhu Z, Chu H, To KKW, Yuan S, et al. Genomic characterization of the 2019 novel human-pathogenic coronavirus isolated from a patient with atypical pneumonia after visiting Wuhan. Emerg Microbes Infect. 2020; 9:221-36.
Blendon RJ, Benson JM, DesRoches CM, Raleigh E, Taylor-Clark K. The Public's response to severe acute respiratory syndrome in Toronto and the United States. Clin Infect Dis. 2004; 38:925-31.
Almutairi KM, Al Helih EM, Moussa M, Boshaiqah AE, Saleh Alajilan A, Vinluan JM, et al. Awareness, attitudes, and practices related to coronavirus pandemic among public in Saudi Arabia. Fam Community Heal. 2015; 38:332-40.
Kobayashi M, Beer KD, Bjork A, Chatham-Stephens K, Cherry CC, Arzoaquoi S, et al. Community knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding Ebola virus disease -Five counties, Liberia, September-October, 2014. Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015; 64:714-8.
Khasawneh AI, Humeidan AA, Alsulaiman JW, Bloukh S. Medical Students and COVID-19 : Knowledge , Attitudes , and Precautionary Measures . A Descriptive Study From Jordan. 2020; 1-9.
Sallam M, Dababseh D, Yaseen A, Al-haidar A, Ababneh NA. Conspiracy Beliefs Are Associated with Lower Knowledge and Higher Anxiety Levels Regarding COVID-19 among Students at the University of Jordan. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020; 17(14):4915.
Olaimat AN, Aolymat I, Shahbaz HM, Holley RA. Knowledge and Information Sources About COVID-19 Among University Students in Jordan : A Cross-Sectional Study. Front Public Health. 2020; 8:254.
Olum R, Kajjimu J, Kanyike AM, Chekwech G, Wekha G, Nassozi R, et al. Perspective of Medical Students on the COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey of Nine Medical Schools in Uganda Corresponding Author. 2020; 6:1-12.
Fan KS, Ghani SA, Machairas N, Lenti L, Fan KH, Richardson D, et al. COVID-19 prevention and treatment information on the internet: a systematic analysis and quality assessment. BMJ Open. 2020; 10(9):e040487.


article language: Serbian
document type: Original Paper
DOI: 10.5937/mp73-33504
published in SCIndeks: 12/05/2022
peer review method: double-blind
Creative Commons License 4.0

Related records

No related records