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Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Medical Doctors Practicing in Karnataka towards SARS-CoV-2: A Cross-sectional Study

Moksha N Prasad, Santosh K Yatnatti, Nagendra Prasad Nagothi

Keywords : Attitude, Knowledge, Medical doctors, Practice, Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10045-00210

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 15-12-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Background: As the world was brought to a standstill by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), unprecedented prevention and control measures are being adopted to curtail the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The adherence to these control measures is affected by the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) towards SARS-CoV-2. Methods: A cross-sectional study was done on medical doctors comprising a knowledge questionnaire consisting of 11 questions regarding the clinical characteristics and prevention of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), four questions to assess the attitude of doctors towards SARS-CoV2 and eight questions regarding the practices adopted by doctors during the pandemic. Data were analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software. Results: In our study, we found that all (100%) of the participants had good knowledge, 55.5% of the participants had good attitudes, and 60.9% adopted good practices while managing SARS-CoV-2. A total of 59.1% said there was a training program conducted at their place of work regarding the management of SARS-CoV-2. A total of 16.4% faced stigma because of their line of work during the pandemic (e.g., eviction from rental houses/apartments, physical or verbal abuse, etc.). Comparison of scores among professions revealed that the KAP towards the management of SARS-CoV-2 was better among consultants and senior residents when compared to junior residents and interns, but only the practice part was statistically significant. Conclusion: The participants in this study had good knowledge regarding SARS-CoV-2 and its management; measures have to be taken to improve their attitude and practices, which will ensure better management and treatment of the affected individuals. Increased training and education programs need to be implemented at the institutional and hospital level.

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