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National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2021 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 12 | Page No: 439-443

Awareness, Attitude and Practice during COVID-19 Pandemic among Non-Health Care Workers in a Tertiary Care Hospital in South India: A Cross Sectional Study

Author: Arunkumar Krishnan1, Vijay Kumar S2, Veena Pottekkattu3, Fidah Nazarin Nizar4, Praveena Sugandhi5, Daya Mangundumkara6

Affiliation:

1Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Amrita school of Medicine, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi

2Reader, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi

3UG Scholar, Amrita School of Medicine, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi

4UG Scholar, Amrita School of Medicine, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi

5UG Scholar, Amrita School of Medicine, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi

6UG Scholar, Amrita School of Medicine, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi

Abstract:

Introduction: To plan and implement effective control measures, knowledge about basic hygiene and the mechanism of disease transmission, and practices adopted in such circumstances is of utmost importance. Non-professional health care workers working in a tertiary care hospital is at a major risk than general population in contracting a pandemic. This study was undertaken to assess the awareness, attitude and practice during COVID-19 pandemic among non-health care workers in a tertiary care hospital. Materials and Methods: Cross-sectional self-administered questionnaire was used to assess the aware-ness, attitude and practice of non-health care workers. Personnel in pharmacy, patient service and food and security were taken as subjects. The subjects were also categorised according to their educational status. Results: The knowledge, attitude and practice scores and the total combined scores were found to be statistically significant based on the occupation and educational status of the subjects. Pharmacy personnel had better awareness and those with higher educational status were found to have favourable attitude and practice scores. Conclusion: The non-health care workers were found to have adequate knowledge, attitude and practice behaviour regarding prevention of Covid infection. Educational status of the subjects influenced their awareness, attitude and practice.

Keywords: Knowledge, COVID, health care sector, Prevention

DOI: 10.5455/njcm.20211021052914


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