Knowledge and attitude of blood donation among female medical students in Faisalabad

Tariq S., Tariq S., Jawed S., Tariq S.

Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, vol.68, no.1, pp.65-70, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 68 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.65-70
  • Keywords: Awareness, Blood donors, Blood transfusion, Knowledge
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Objective: To assess the knowledge, practices and attitude of medical students towards blood donation. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted at the University of Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan, from April to August 2016, and comprised female medical students. Multi-stage sampling technique was employed. A structured questionnaire was included as data-collection tool. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS 20. Results: Of the 500 students, 469(93.8%) responded to the questionnaire. Of them, 419(89.3%) females had never donated blood and only 2(0.4%) were regular voluntary donors. The best source from which the participants heard about blood donation was friends 259(55.2%). When coming to reasons for not donating blood, there was significant association of many factors like fear (p <0.001), the collection facility being far from the place (p <0.001), not having enough time to donate (p <0.001). Of the 50(10.7%) respondents who had ever donated blood, 48(96%) said the main motivator was saving lives of the people. Conclusion: Female medical students were aware of the basic knowledge about blood donation.