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SIREKBASAN, Serhat; OGLAKCI ILHAN, Aysegul  and  BAYDEMIR, Canan. Evaluation of knowledge, attitudes and practices of health services vocational schools’ students with regard to COVID-19. Gac. Méd. Méx [online]. 2021, vol.157, n.1, pp.74-79.  Epub June 18, 2021. ISSN 2696-1288.


The most critical intervention to control SARS-CoV-2 infection requires appropriate knowledge and attitude towards the virus.


To determine the level of knowledge, attitudes and practices of students of a health services’ vocational school with regard to COVID-19.


Cross-sectional study carried out between May and June 2020 in a university of the Turkish region. Data were collected through an online survey portal.


Four hundred and fifty-four questionnaires were completed and returned. Students of medical laboratory techniques and first aid and emergency medicine had significantly higher knowledge scores (p < 0.001). More than 43 % of the students (n = 201) used the TV as their main source of information on COVID-19. There was a positive attitude towards preventive measures such as avoiding crowded places and maintaining hand hygiene and social distance.


Health services vocational school students have good knowledge and positive attitude towards COVID-19. The main sources of information were the TV and social media. For this reason, more attention should be given to these issues in the curriculum in order for science-based information sources to be used.

Keywords : Attitude; Coronavirus; COVID-19; Knowledge; SARS-CoV-2.

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