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RMJ. 2021; 46(4): 787-791

Knowledge, attitude and practices of Pakistani doctors in the early period of COVID-19 Pandemic

Anum Arif, Mohammad Jamal, Ahsin Manzor Bhatti, Muhammad Tariq Khan, Mannan Masud.

Objective: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practices (KAP) of Pakistani doctors in the early period of COVID-19 Pandemic.
Methodology: This KAP survey was conducted from 29th March to 6th April 2020. The questionnaires were disseminated using Google Forms, which utilized electronic consent. Physicians and surgeons of frontline involved in the care of COVID-19 patients including house officers, postgraduate trainees of all specialties, and consultants were included in study.
Results: Out of 112 participants, 52.7% were female. Mean age was 29.93±7.3 years. There were 46(41.3%) house officer. Twenty five ( 22.3%) participants were daily exposed to COVID -19. Residents who had maximum exposure on a daily basis, none had access of full personal protective equipment. Only 13.4% had correct knowledge about time of maximum disease transmission and 70% health care workers had greatest concern about their family’s health.
Conclusion: There was poor level of knowledge and worrisome practice and discrepancies in the perceptions about COVID-19 among our study participants.

Key words: Corona virus, COVID-19, health care providers, Pakistan, pandemic, personal protective equipment, SARS-Cov-2.

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