Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 327--331

Knowledge and perception of plastic surgery among tertiary education students in Enugu, South-East Nigeria


CM Isiguzo, CD Nwachukwu 
 Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery Unit, Enugu State University of Technology Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. C M Isiguzo
Department of Surgery, Enugu State University of Technology Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu, Enugu State
Nigeria

Background: Knowledge, perception, and acceptance of plastic surgery among any population are influenced by channel of presentation. A good understanding of the public awareness will define the way plastic surgery services will be provided. Aim: To assess the knowledge, awareness of availability, and acceptance of plastic surgery practice in Enugu, South East Nigeria. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire-based prospective study. Results: The electronic media is the most common medium of awareness. Less than half the sample knew about the existence of plastic surgeons in Enugu even though a large proportion was aware of the existence of plastic surgery as a specialty. The concentration of plastic surgeons in a center is directly related to awareness of plastic surgery services in that facility. The most common esthetic procedure done by a plastic surgeon in Enugu is tattoo removal and scar refashioning. Orthopedic surgeons are thought to be key players in the management of burn patients as much as the plastic surgeons due to the “SIGNPOST EFFECT.” Conclusion: The level of awareness is high in the sampled population with associated increase in acceptance of its practice and willing utilization. All public hospitals should be encouraged to employ the services of plastic surgeons. Appropriate branding of specialized hospitals where plastic surgery service is available will advance the practice significantly.


How to cite this article:
Isiguzo C M, Nwachukwu C D. Knowledge and perception of plastic surgery among tertiary education students in Enugu, South-East Nigeria.Niger J Clin Pract 2016;19:327-331


How to cite this URL:
Isiguzo C M, Nwachukwu C D. Knowledge and perception of plastic surgery among tertiary education students in Enugu, South-East Nigeria. Niger J Clin Pract [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Sep 19 ];19:327-331
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