Perception of Junior Doctors and Nurses towards the Covid-19 Disease in a Tertiary Care Centre in North India-A Questionnaire Based Study | Abstract

International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences (IJMRHS)
ISSN: 2319-5886 Indexed in: ESCI (Thomson Reuters)


Perception of Junior Doctors and Nurses towards the Covid-19 Disease in a Tertiary Care Centre in North India-A Questionnaire Based Study

Author(s):Puneeta Gupta, Rohit Raina*, Yasir Majid, Khushboo Mir and Anil K Gupta

Background: Resident or junior doctors and nursing staff make up the backbone of any public health care facility more so in cases of centres affiliated to teaching hospitals. Resident physicians have the most prolonged contact with patients as they represent the first communication interface between the attending physician and the patient. Similarly, the nursing staff has a critical role in patient care. Therefore, to minimize the morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19, it is important to be fully informed and compliant with measures to contain COVID-19. Objectives: To assess the perception of the junior doctors and nurses regarding the various aspects of COVID-19 disease. Methods: A performed structured questionnaire with closed-end questions was sent to the study subjects using electronic media. Results: The questionnaire was sent to 250 persons (100 junior doctors and 150 nurses) working in the clinical departments of the hospital, out of which, 139 responded comprising 58 (41.73%) junior doctors and 81 (58.27%) nurses. Overall, 79.14% (n=110) had sufficient knowledge regarding the disease, and the majority (94.96%) were practising safe measures. In univariate logistic regression analysis of various variables with knowledge, the qualification was the only variable that was found to be more significantly associated as far as knowledge and practices were concerned (junior doctors as compared to nursing staff). Conclusion: Adequate knowledge apart from defining day to day behaviour of health care workers, also prepares them for coping strategies in cases of crisis in a critical situation like the one world is experiencing now.

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