COMPARING KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, PRACTICE AND STIGMA AMONG HEALTHCARE STUDENTS OF BANGALORE CITY: A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY.
Keywords:COVID – 19, Knowledge, Stigma, Infection, Healthcare students.
Background: In 2020, a new global pandemic has emerged, caused by a new strain of CoV called SARS-CoV-2.A poor understanding of the disease among healthcare students may implicate in delayed treatment and the rapid spread of infection and development of complications. Objectives: To estimate the knowledge, attitude, practice and stigma associated with COVID – 19 virus infection among healthcare students & To estimate the association between socio-demographic determinants with knowledge, attitude, practice and stigma of COVID – 19 virus infection among healthcare students. Methods: A web- based cross-sectional study was undertaken among 493 healthcare i.e., medical, nursing and allied sciences students, during 1st May to 20th May 2020. The pre-designed and semi-structured questionnaire was randomly distributed among the healthcare students. Descriptive analysis was performed to represent the study characteristics, Chi square test, t-test, one way Anova and Bonferroni test was used for assessing the association among the study variables. Results: The study revealed that, there were about 225(45.64%) medical, 165(33.46%) nursing and 103(20.89%) allied sciences students. Majority were females 349(70.79%), majority were Hindus 333(67.54%). Mean knowledge score of medical, nursing and allied sciences students were 15.66 (2.518), 14.16 (2.92) and 14.46 (3.11) respectively. Practice score was good among nursing than allied sciences students at ‘p’ (0.003). Conclusion: Comparatively good knowledge was observed among medical students than nursing and allied sciences students. Even though the overall knowledge was less but majority of the study participants had followed good practices for preventing COVID-19 infection.
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