ATTITUDE TOWARDS PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AMONG MALAYSIAN UNDERGRADUATE HEALTHCARE STUDENTS

Authors

  • Deepak Thazhakkattu Vasu Department of Physiotherapy, M. Kandiah Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Sungai Long, Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang 43000, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Wendy Ngui Yew Hui Department of Physiotherapy, M. Kandiah Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Sungai Long, Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang 43000, Selangor, Malaysia

Keywords:

Attitude, persons with disabilities, healthcare students

Abstract

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) are considered as one of the most vulnerable minority groups in world population. Generally, PWDs are more likely to seek healthcare services than others. However, healthcare needs of PWDs are often unmet, due to negative attitude of healthcare providers. Negative a attitude of healthcare providers will give a significant impact on rehabilitation and intervention outcomes of PWDs. Therefore, the study of attitudes towards PWDs is essential for healthcare students, as their attitudes and perceptions of disability may influence the delivery of comprehensive quality care to PWDs in the future. This study aims to determine the attitude towards PWDs among healthcare students in a private university, and to determine the association between demographic factors with the attitude towards PWDs among healthcare students. A total of 219 healthcare students were recruited as part of this study. A consent form was attached together with the Multidimensional Attitude Scale (MAS) towards Persons with Disabilities Questionnaire and as self- administered questionnaire. The questionnaire was disseminated via social media platform. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyse data.The result shows an overall positive attitude towards PWDs among healthcare students. Findings showed that there was no significant difference between gender (p=0.422), age (p= 0.091), volunteering experience (p=0.434) on attitude towards PWDs, whereas there was significant difference between year of study (p=0.006) as well as programme of study(p=0.032) on attitude towards PWDs. The current study revealed a generally positive attitude among healthcare students towards Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). However, variations were observed in attitudes based on the students' year of study and program. It is crucial to incorporate timely and targeted measures and strategies into the healthcare curriculum to ensure comprehensive care for PWDs.

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2024-04-28

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Thazhakkattu Vasu, D., & Wendy Ngui Yew Hui. (2024). ATTITUDE TOWARDS PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AMONG MALAYSIAN UNDERGRADUATE HEALTHCARE STUDENTS. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 24(1), 194–203. Retrieved from https://mjphm.org/index.php/mjphm/article/view/2032