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Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
On-line version ISSN 1678-2925
ESPINDOLA, Rodrigo França de et al. The knowledge of medical students about cornea donation. Arq. Bras. Oftalmol. [online]. 2007, vol.70, n.4, pp. 581-584. ISSN 1678-2925. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-27492007000400004.
PURPOSE: To compare knowledge of medical students about the cornea donation process among those who already studied Ophthalmology and the others. METHODOS: A questionnaire containing data as: age, sex, graduation year, and 10 multiple-choice questions about the subject was applied to medical students from the interior of São Paulo state, Brazil. The questions were: age for donation, contraindication for transplants, the time limit to remove the cornea, among others. The knowledge regarding cornea donation was compared between the two groups: students who already studied Ophthalmology (Group A) and the others (Group B). RESULTS: The study group was composed of 402 students, of whom 140 were of group A and 262 of group B. Knowledge between the two groups was different, but not statistically significant (p=0.8328). CONCLUSION: Knowledge about the cornea donation process among the interviewed seemed to be insufficient, even those who had studied Ophthalmology. Information and education about transplants in Medical Schools should be improved.
Keywords : Cornea transplantation; Health education; Questionnaire; Tissue and organ procurement; Students, medical.