Assessment of Knowledge of Chikungunya in First Treating Physicians of Lahore
Keywords:Mosquito born disease, chikungunya, epidemic, public health professionals, knowledge
AbstractBACKGROUND: It is always crucial to assess and analyze how public health professional recognize diseases of community like Chikungunya. It is also important to know about their knowledge about Chikungunya virus its vaccination, symptoms, transmission cycle and the importance of its prevention strategies. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this study was to assess the knowledge of chikungunya in first treating physicians of Lahore. METHODOLOGY: This cross-sectional analytical study was done at University Institute of Public Health, The University of Lahore. The study was completed in 6 months. [May 23, 2019 till Nov 22, 2019]. All data was collected using simple random sampling. A total of 121 participants were taken meeting selection criteria after taking informed consent. Chi-square test and independent sample t-test was applied taking p-value ≤ 0.05 as significant. RESULTS: The mean knowledge score (%) among all subjects was 66.84 ± 18.43 (28 – 100). There were only 20(16.53%) subjects who had good knowledge, 66(54.55%) subjects had satisfactory knowledge and 35(28.93%) subjects had poor knowledge of Chikungunya. Moreover the good, satisfactory and poor knowledge of Chikungunya was also statistically same in all age groups, gender p-value > 0.05, but physicians with higher duration of job have higher frequency of poor knowledge, p-value < 0.05. CONCLUSION: Through the findings of this study it is concluded that the good knowledge of Chikungunya virus was found in fewer no of first treating physicians i.e. 16.53%.
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