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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 147-154

Communities' Awareness, Perception and Participation in the Community-Based Medical Education of the University of Maiduguri

Department of Community Medicine, College of Medical Sciences, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria

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B A Omotara
Department of Community Medicine, College of Medical Sciences, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri
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Background: Community-based medical education (CBME) is no longer a new innovation in medical education since the establishment of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (The Network: TUFH) 25 years ago. The CBME of the University of Maiduguri medical college is 14 years old and has never been assessed in terms of the population it serves. The study was conducted to determine the level of awareness, perception, and participation of the communities in CBME. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out in 11 village units of three Local Government Areas (LGAs) using a 14-item structured questionnaire administered to adults in randomly selected households. The questionnaire was based on guide questions used for focus group discussions held earlier with community leaders. Results: Awareness of students' visits among respondents was 73.7%. Knowledge of the frequency of presence of the students in the communities was 72.2%. ''To examine and treat'' (33.6%) and ''to ask questions'' (16.6%) were the most prominent reasons given for the visits. The majority of respondents perceived the visits as beneficial (72.2%). More frequent visits were requested by 54.4% of the respondents. The communities were willing to be more accessible and felt that the LGAs should provide more logistic support to the program. Discussion: This study revealed that communities were aware of students' visits and knew reasons for the visits, thought visits were beneficial, and were willing to provide more support for these visits.

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