The Awareness about the Impact on Public Health Resulting from Thailand Moving Towards ASEAN Community of Fourth to Sixth Year Medical Students in a Hospital in Khon Kaen

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Kritsiri Cheerasiri
Kuanchanok Duanyai
Chaiyo Manokhoon
Thitiporn Wannasri
Srongpaun Trakulkajornsak
Tasanun Nitipreecha
Pattapong Kessomboon
Piyathida Kuhirunyaratn

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Background and objectives: As ASEAN moves towards a unified community in 2015, awareness of the implications of the mobility of health professionals needs to be raised.  This study aims to explore the level of awareness among the 4th- to 6th-year Thai medical students regarding the impact on public health in Thailand as a result of implementation of professional mobility within ASEAN.

Methods: This study was descriptive study, setting in a hospital in Khon Kaen, Thailand. A systematic sampling of 185 from the population included the 4th- through 6th-year medical students in academic year 2013 were used. The study tool was self-administered questionnaire.  Descriptive statistics were calculated using SPSS-PC v.17 (i.e., frequency, percentage, median, interquartile range, and the 95% CI).

Results: The response rate was 91.4% (169/185).  The study showed that the median score on the cognitive component of the questionnaire was 5.00 from a total score of 10 (95% CI: 5.00, 5.41). The question answered most correctly was about the implementation timing to the AEC in 2015 (76.3%). The least awareness issue was the fact that Thailand’s public health will depend on ASEAN socio-cultural policy (5.4%). The issue of most concern was the wide spread of communicable diseases (80.5%). The issue of the least awareness was the potential lack of specialists (42.0%) if specialists move away from rural to urban.
Conclusion: Medical students had an intermediate level of knowledge about facts relating to the policy and a high level of awareness of the potential health system problems regarding the coming implementation of the ASEAN community.

Keywords: Medical student, Awareness, ASEAN community

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Cheerasiri K, Duanyai K, Manokhoon C, Wannasri T, Trakulkajornsak S, Nitipreecha T, Kessomboon P, Kuhirunyaratn P. The Awareness about the Impact on Public Health Resulting from Thailand Moving Towards ASEAN Community of Fourth to Sixth Year Medical Students in a Hospital in Khon Kaen. Srinagarind Med J [nternet]. 1 [cited 2021Nov.29];28(4):187. vailable from: https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/SRIMEDJ/article/view/14843
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