A study exploring the autism awareness of first grade nursing and medical students in Istanbul, Turkey

LÜLECİ N. E. , HIDIROĞLU S., KARAVUŞ M., Celik S., Cetiner D., Koc E., ...More

Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, vol.66, no.8, pp.916-921, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Title of Journal : Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
  • Page Numbers: pp.916-921


© 2016, Pakistan Medical Association. All rights reserved.Objective: To assess the level of awareness about childhood autism among first-grade nursing and medical students. Methods: The descriptive study was conducted at Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, in December 2012, and comprised first-grade nursing and medical students. Data was collected using a self-administered questionnaire. Association between categorical variables was determined and p<0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Of the 175 students, 138(78.9%) were aware of autism, 14(8%) of them being highly aware and 124(70.9%) moderately aware, whereas 37(21.1%) were not aware. There was a significant difference in the awareness level as far as gender was concerned as 102(82.9%) females and 36(69.2%) males were aware (p=0.043). Moreover, 104(59.4%) participants were aware that autism was a neurodevelopmental disorder, 62(67.4%) of them being nursing and 42(50.6%) being medical students (p<0.05). Conclusion: First-grade medical and nursing students could be considered relatively well aware of autism as their awareness level was in between that of the general public and healthcare professionals.