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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Professional Attitudes of Medical Students: A Pre-Post-Like Study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 December 2023

Shuli Ma
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Jie Ge
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Yanbo Qi
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Linlin Du
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Yunfeng Han
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Zhiping Xie
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Xingsan Li
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Hongjie Li
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Zhe Chen
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Xiaoting Chen
Affiliation:
Sanitary Analysis Center, Scientific Research Office, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Xiaowei Tang
Affiliation:
Sanitary Analysis Center, Scientific Research Office, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Jiyuan Li
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Jiping Li
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Qiong Xiao
Affiliation:
School of Nursing, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Yu Wu
Affiliation:
School of Nursing, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Ying Gao
Affiliation:
School of mental health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Wenting Li
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Lei Liu
Affiliation:
Modern Educational Technology Center, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
Yuehui Jia*
Affiliation:
School of Public Health, Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China
*
Corresponding author: Yuehui Jia; Email: superyuehui@163.com.

Abstract

Objective:

This study assesses the difference in professional attitudes among medical students, both before and after coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and identifies the determinants closely associated with it, while providing precise and scientific evidence for implementing precision education on such professional attitudes.

Methods:

A pre-post-like study was conducted among medical students in 31 provinces in mainland China, from March 23, to April 19, 2021.

Results:

The proportion of medical students whose professional attitudes were disturbed after the COVID-19 pandemic, was significantly lower than before the COVID-19 pandemic (χ2 = 15.6216; P < 0.0001). Compared with the “undisturbed -undisturbed” group, the “undisturbed-disturbed” group showed that there was a 1.664-fold risk of professional attitudes disturbed as grade increased, 3.269-fold risk when others suggested they choose a medical career rather than their own desire, and 7.557-fold risk for students with COVID-19 in their family, relatives, or friends; while the “disturbed-undisturbed” group showed that students with internship experience for professional attitudes strengthened was 2.933-fold than those without internship experience.

Conclusions:

The professional attitudes of medical students have been strengthened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results provide evidence of the importance of education on professional attitudes among medical students during public health emergencies.

Type
Original Research
Copyright
© The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc

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Footnotes

Shuli Ma and Jie Ge contributed equally to this study.

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