Knowledge, Preventive Behaviour And Risk Perception About COVID-19 In Health Care Professional Students

Awareness OF Health Care Professional Students IN Covid-19 DAYS

  • Pratibha KM Department of Physiology,Saveetha Medical College, Thandalam, Chennai – 602105
  • Soma Sri Harsha Intern, Saveetha Medical College, Thandalam, Chennai – 602105
Keywords: 2019–nCoV, COVID-19, novel Coronavirus, Health Care Professionals, medical students, paramedical students, knowledge, preventive behavior, risk perception

Abstract

Background: With 3.95 lakhs of active COVID-19 cases in India and Tamilnadu being the second largest hub of COVID-19, the health and social impact on the public, especially the health care warriors would be considerable. Objective: To evaluate and compare the levels of knowledge, preventive behavior and risk perception of South Indian Health Care Professional(HCP) Students regarding COVID-19.Material And Methods: An institution based cross sectional questionnaire survey was conducted in a tertiary care centre and teaching hospital in May-June 2020 amongst 873 students pursuing various HCP courses. The questionnaire comprised four sections - demographic details, COVID–19 related knowledge, preventive behavior and risk perception. Result: Females volunteered to complete the survey (n= 623; 71.4%) more than males (n= 250; 28.6%). Most participants had received awareness about COVID-19 (n=860; 98.5%) from many resources of information. While females (97.50 ± 8.94) had significantly higher scores on items for preventive behavior than males (94.7±15.55; p=0.006), the scores were similar for knowledge and risk perception. There was a statistically significant difference in risk perception among various courses with students pursuing Pharmacy having higher risk perception. Items regarding use of masks in general and hospital set ups and availability of antivirals for COVID-19 received many incorrect responses.Conclusion: HCP students presented with high levels of COVID-19 related knowledge and preventive behavior, but moderate risk perception. Continuing educational programs and preventive behavioral training are the need of the hour to strengthen the knowledge and alleviate anxiety of HCP students towards the pandemic. [KM Pratibha Natl J Integr Res Med, 2021; 12(3):41-48]

Published
2021-07-01
How to Cite
Pratibha KM, & Soma Sri Harsha. (2021). Knowledge, Preventive Behaviour And Risk Perception About COVID-19 In Health Care Professional Students: Awareness OF Health Care Professional Students IN Covid-19 DAYS. National Journal of Integrated Research in Medicine, 12(3), 41-48. Retrieved from http://nicpd.ac.in/ojs-/index.php/njirm/article/view/3077
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