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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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Ciênc. saúde coletiva vol.17 no.10 Rio de Janeiro Oct. 2012 



Students knowledge as a contribution to dengue control programs with a great interest



Viroj Wiwanitkit

Department of Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University. Bangkok, Thailand



Carta a respeito do artigo:

Bezerra JM, Silva JS, Ibiapina SS, Tadei WP, Pinheiro VC. Evaluation of students' knowledge as a contribution to dengue control programs. Cien Saude Colet 2011; 16(11):4367-4373.


I read the recent publication on students' knowledge as a contribution to dengue control programs with a great interest. Bezerra et al. noted that the students' knowledge in more urban area was better and this could contribute to the dengue control program. Indeed, this can reflect that the health knowledge might be affected by the socioeconomic factors. Whether there is an inequity in knowledge providing between more and less urban areas is a big question. Nevertheless, a big consideration on this report is on the conclusion.  It is still doubtful that the relationship to the dengue control program can be concluded or not. Indeed, the knowledge survey might not be sufficient to reach the conclusion. The step-by-step, knowledge-attitude-practice (KAP) has to be followed for summarization on the contribution to the program.

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