The Impact of Information Sources on COVID-19-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) among University Students: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study

dc.contributor.author Baker, Israa
dc.contributor.author Marzouqa, Nizar
dc.contributor.author Yaghi, Bashar Nafe’
dc.contributor.author Adawi, Samer Osama
dc.contributor.author Yousef, Shahd
dc.contributor.author Sabooh, Tayseer Nedal
dc.contributor.author Salhab, Nataly Mazen
dc.contributor.author Khrishi, Hiba Mahmoud
dc.contributor.author Qabaja, Yahya
dc.contributor.author Riad, Abanoub
dc.date.accessioned 2021-12-18T12:16:19Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-18T12:16:19Z
dc.date.issued 2021-11-26
dc.description.abstract COVID-19 is an emerging respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus accompanied by a tsunami of misinformation and fake news. This can weaken the public health responses by affecting the COVID-19-related knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) of the public. Therefore, this cross-sectional study was designed during the early stage of the pandemic to evaluate the KAP of Palestinian university students and their commonly used information sources. We found that the most trusted information source among students was the World Health Organization (WHO), followed by the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) briefings and healthcare workers, whereas social media was the most frequently used source of information. The participants exhibited a high level of COVID-19-related knowledge, having an average score of 8.65 (range: 0–10). In total, 76% avoided going to crowded places, and only 33% wore a mask while being outdoors. The vast majority (93%) checked the accuracy of COVID-19-related information before publishing it, 56% used the WHO and MoH briefings for fact-checking, and only 8% relied on healthcare workers. This was particularly the case for those who lived in refugee camps. This study provides an insight into the information sources used by Palestinian university students, the sources they trust, and the information formats they prefer. These results may help public health authorities to locate the information sources through which university students should be targeted. Efforts should be made to recommend healthcare workers as credible information sources. In this way, they will be able to prevent the spread of misleading information and provide high-quality information, especially within unconventional settings such as refugee camps. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1660-4601
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.alquds.edu/handle/20.500.12213/6498
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.subject knowledge en_US
dc.subject information sources en_US
dc.subject information checking en_US
dc.subject COVID-19; Palestine en_US
dc.title The Impact of Information Sources on COVID-19-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) among University Students: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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