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Knowledge, Attitude and Practices on Tuberculosis Infection Control among Health Workers in Shivamogga

Author:Sridevi NH, Nandini C

Keywords:Tuberculosis, Infection control, Health care settings, Knowledge, attitude and practices

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Background: Tuberculosis (TB) re-mains a major cause of ill health and with the raise in incidence of drug resistance TB control efforts have now become even more chal-lenging Which has led to a greater concern towards TB infection con-trol (IC). Institutional settings, and also the health care facilities, have been identified to be at very high risk of TB transmission2. Studies conducted in low and middle in-come countries have reported high nosocomial transmission of TB among health care workers. The study was conducted to deter-mine the level of knowledge, atti-tude and practices of HCWs to-wards the TB infection control. Methods: A hospital based, cross-sectional study was conducted in Mc gann hospital attached to Shi-moga institute of medical sciences, Shivamogga. A total of 210 nursing staff, lab technicians and others were assessed for knowledge, atti-tude, and practices on TB infection control using a structured, self ad-ministered questionnaire. The data were then analyzed using SPSS software. Results: In this study it was found that the level of knowledge on TB infection control was good among more than half of the respondents. Conclusion: The knowledge, atti-tude and practice regarding TB in-fection control was not satisfactory. So there is a need for development and implementation of TB infection control plan in all centers providing TB care."