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Title: Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Related to Tuberculosis among Healthcare Workers at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
Authors: Aboagye, Christiana Safoa
Keywords: Tuberculosis
Healthcare workers
Issue Date: 16-Nov-2020
Abstract: Background: Healthcare workers (HCWs) are pivotal in TB prevention therefore deficit knowledge level, negative attitude and TB preventive practice among HCWs result in substandard care delivery, consequently impact health outcomes negatively. The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitude and preventive practice (KAP) as well as the determinants of KAP among HCWs in Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. Method: The study was a descriptive cross – sectional survey which employed a proportionate stratified random sampling with a structured questionnaire administered among HCWs. Results: 365 HCWs participated in the study, having a good average mean scores for Knowledge (0.74, SD=1.3), Attitude (0.67, SD = 0.08) and TB control practice (0.77, SD = 0.17). Nonetheless some gaps were observed on the TB signs and symptoms, diagnoses of MDR-TB and HCWs (70 %) unwillingness to work on TB patients perceiving TB as life threatening and stressful. Poor practice was identified on adequacy of training of staffs on TB as well as confirming diagnosis of suspected cases. Educational level of HCWs was a predictor of TB knowledge (Bachelor degree = AOR: 5.17, 95% CI: 1.24-21.65) and nurses were likely to demonstrate positive attitude (AOR: 0.16, 95% CI: 0.03-0.7). Females (AOR: 2.19, 95% CI: 1.17-4.10), Nurses (AOR: 2.35, 95% CI: 1.15-4.8) and Midwives were probable to practice good TB infection control. Conclusions: The outcome of the study proved that HCWs had good knowledge, positive attitude and effective practice in the control and management of TB. Nonetheless, gaps were disclosed necessitating the need for adequate education of HCWs on TB disease and infection control.
Description: A Thesis Dissertation Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Public Health; Environment and Public Health, November 2019.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13230
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