Knowledge, attitudes, and practice of medical students relating to cancer prevention have been recognized as important variables
that can be changed by the medical curriculum. Change of attitudes requires continuous effort throughout the medical. The
attitudes of today's medical students will determine the commitment of tomorrow's physicians to cancer prevention.
present cross-sectional study will investigate the types and sources of medical student KAP relating to cancer prevention
and how they change as students go through the medical curriculum. Suggestions on curriculum improvement will be made in light
of the study's findings.
KAP questionnaire has already been constructed and validated. It is administered to three groups of students: first year students
who are just entering the medical school, second year, and third year students. The questionnaire includes items from the
medical curriculum to investigate their impact on KAP. In-depth qualitative interviews are carried out with a small sample
of the students to extend and explain the findings of the questionnaire.
Results: The research
will be completed in April 2001 and results will be reported at the symposium
study will reveal students KAP and how it relates to the curriculum. Suggestions on curricular changes will be made in the
light of the findings.
Key words: KAP, students, medical