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International Journal of Applied Research

Vol. 7, Issue 10, Part A (2021)

Knowledge and attitude regarding face mask usage in preventing covid-19 among health care workers in a tertiary care centre in South Kerala

Author(s)
Dr. Baburaj Stephenson, Dr. Anup Narayanan, Dr. Suja Baby, Sherlin, Ajilaraj, Bijithra NC and Rani M Rose
Abstract
Background: The Corona Virus Disease-19 has increased alarmingly worldwide causing widespread mortality and morbidity. Use of facemask is considered as a cheap, effective and safe method with minimum disruption in day-to-day life. This study was aimed at assessing the knowledge and attitude of health workers regarding usage of face mask and its association with sociodemographic variables.
Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 125 health care workers of Dr. SMCSI Medical College Hospital, Karakonam, South Kerala. A predesigned pretested questionnaire was used to assess the levels of knowledge and Likert scale to assess the levels of attitude of health care workers. Data collection was done after obtaining HEC clearance and by obtaining an informed written consent. Data analysis was done by descriptive statistics using SPSS software.
Results: Among the healthcare workers 52% of them have adequate knowledge regarding usage of facemask and only 10.4% have inadequate knowledge. About (48.8%) of them showed moderately adequate towards usage of face masks. There is also a significant association between knowledge and attitude regarding usage of face masks with selected sociodemographic variables (P value <0.05*).
Conclusion: The results of this study provided a better insight in usage of facemasks in preventing COVID-19 among health workers which will in turn enable them to develop a positive attitude towards it which will in turn help the public to be compliant with a safe and cost effective method to comply bring this pandemic under control.
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How to cite this article:
Dr. Baburaj Stephenson, Dr. Anup Narayanan, Dr. Suja Baby, Sherlin, Ajilaraj, Bijithra NC, Rani M Rose. Knowledge and attitude regarding face mask usage in preventing covid-19 among health care workers in a tertiary care centre in South Kerala. Int J Appl Res 2021;7(10):01-04. DOI: 10.22271/allresearch.2021.v7.i10a.8995
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