Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-120

A survey of resident physicians' knowledge concerning transfusion medicine in Shiraz, Iran

1 Associate Professor, Blood Transfusion Research Centre, High Institute for Research and Education in Transfusion, Shiraz, Iran
2 Pathologist and Director, Iranian Blood Transfusion Research Centre, Shiraz, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Leila Kasraian
No. 164 lane 37, Besat Bulvd, Shiraz - 7174715357
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-6247.137451

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Objective: The knowledge of physicians concerning blood transfusion has a significant impact on the optimal use of blood and blood products. The aim was to survey their knowledge regarding this area and identify whether additional training is required. Material and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on all 1 st year resident physicians at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran in 2011. The questionnaire solicited information on demographic variables, knowledge regarding transfusion medicine, education and experience regarding blood transfusion. Results: The mean total knowledge score regarding transfusion medicine was 15.44 ± 3.3 (7-25) out of 29. Only about one-fourth (27.4%) replied correctly to over 60% of questions. The mean score of knowledge was higher among residents who stated that they received special training regarding blood transfusion in their medical courses (P < 0.01). Seventy-five percent of residents believed that they had received insufficient education and 97.8% believed that they need additional training. Conclusion: The results reflect the uncertainties among resident physicians regarding blood transfusion. It has been suggested that a special transfusion medicine educational program should be added to the medical education curriculum.

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