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Assessment of knowledge about biobanking among healthcare students and their willingness to donate biospecimens
Assessment of knowledge about biobanking among healthcare students and their willingness to donate biospecimens
Document Language : English 
Abstract : Background Biobanks and biospecimen collections are becoming a primary means of delivering personalized diagnostics and tailoring individualized therapeutics. This shift towards precision medicine (PM) requires interactions among a variety of stakeholders, including the public, patients, healthcare providers, government, and donors. Very few studies have investigated the role of healthcare students in biobanking and biospecimen donations. The main aims of this study were (1) to evaluate the knowledge of senior healthcare students about biobanks and (2) to assess the students’ willingness to donate biospecimens and the factors influencing their attitudes. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted among senior healthcare students at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Saudi Arabia. The data were obtained using a self-administered questionnaire in English. In addition to the respondents’ biographical data section, the questionnaire assessed the respondents’ general knowledge about biobanking, the factors influencing their willingness to donate biospecimens to biobanks and their general attitudes towards biomedical research. Results A total of 597 senior healthcare students were included in the study. The general knowledge score was 3.2 (±1.6) out of 7. Only approximately 44% and 27% of students were aware of the terms “Human Genome Project” (HGP) and “biobank,” respectively. The majority of the students (89%) were willing to donate biospecimens to biobanks. Multiple factors were significantly associated with their willingness to donate, including their perceived general health (p < 0.001), past experience with both tissue testing (p < 0.04) and tissue donation (p < 0.001), biobanking knowledge score (p < 0.001) and biomedical research attitude score (p < 0.001). The main reasons for students’ willingness to donate were advancement of medical research and societal benefits, whereas misuse of biospecimens and confidentiality breaches were the main reasons for a reluctance to donate. Conclusion Despite their strong willingness to donate biospecimens, students exhibited a notable lack of knowledge about biobanking and the HGP. To expedite the transition towards PM, it is highly recommended to enhance healthcare curricula by including more educational and awareness programmes to familiarize students with OMICs technologies in addition to the scope of research and clinical applications. 
ISSN : 1319-0989 
Journal Name : Arts and Humanities Journal 
Volume : 18 
Issue Number : 1 
Publishing Year : 2017 AH
2017 AD
Article Type : Article 
Added Date : Sunday, July 9, 2017 


Researcher Name (Arabic)Researcher Name (English)Researcher TypeDr GradeEmail
Leena MerdadMerdad, Leena InvestigatorDoctorate 
Lama AldakhilAldakhil, Lama ResearcherDoctorate 
Rawan GadiGadi, Rawan ResearcherDoctorate 
Mourad AssidiAssidi, Mourad ResearcherDoctorate 
Salina Y. SaddickSaddick, Salina Y.ResearcherDoctorate 
Adel AbuzenadahAbuzenadah, Adel ResearcherDoctorate 
Jim VaughtVaught, Jim ResearcherDoctorate 
Abdelbaset BuhmeidaBuhmeida, Abdelbaset
Mohammed H. Al-QahtaniAl-Qahtani, Mohammed H.ResearcherDoctorate 


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