Behavior, knowledge, and attitudes towards khat among yemeni medical students and effects of a seminar

Paul H. Yi, John S. Kim, Khalil I. Hussein, Richard Saitz

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Abstract

This study describes khat behavior, knowledge, and attitudes among Yemeni medical students (MS) and the effects of a seminar. The students completed a survey (n = 62); a subgroup participated in a discussion-based seminar and follow-up survey (n = 18). Although the students demonstrated knowledge about khat's health effects and considered it unacceptable for health professionals to chew khat, they disagreed that health professionals should advise patients to quit. Knowledge and attitudes improved post-seminar (not significant, except for a borderline significant increase in students correctly identifying khat as addictive; P = 0.063). Although effects were small, seminars may help health professionals address khat use in Yemen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number662421
Pages (from-to)373-377
Number of pages5
JournalSubstance Abuse
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • khat
  • knowledge
  • medical students
  • seminar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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