Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Budding Doctors in Prevention of Thalassemia

  • Dr. Mausumi Basu Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and Seth SukhlalKarnani Memorial Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Sita Chatterjee Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and Seth SukhlalKarnani Memorial Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Tushar Kanti Monda Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and Seth Sukhlal KarnaniMemorial Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Afifa Ahamed Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Educationand Research and Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Ishita Sarkar All India Institute of Hygiene and PublicHealth (AIIH&PH), Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Kaushik Sarkar All India Institute of Hygiene and PublicHealth (AIIH&PH), Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • Bhaskar Shahbabu All India Institute of Hygiene and PublicHealth (AIIH&PH), Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Keywords: Attitude, Junior doctors, Knowledge, Practice, Thalassemia

Abstract

Introduction: β-thalassemia is the most common single gene disorder among Indian population. In ICMR, multicentric study in six cities of six states, the overall prevalence of β-thalassemia trait was 2.78% and varied from 1.48% to 3.96%. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices (KAP) about thalassemia among junior doctors of a tertiary care teaching hospital of Kolkata. Materials and Methods: An institution-based descriptive study, cross-sectional in design, was carried out among 188 junior doctors from April 2014 to June 2014 using a pre-designed, structured, pre-tested, self-administered questionnaire. Statistical analyses were conducted by Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS 22.0). Results: Mean score of KAP was 11.46 ± 0.3; 7.30% ± 2.83, and 4.10 ± 0.76, respectively. About 78.72% participants had adequate knowledge, 80.85% had positive attitude, and only 33.51% had good practices. Conclusion: Increasing emphasis on thalassemia in the undergraduate curriculum might improve budding doctor’s KAPs about this deadly disorder.

Author Biographies

Dr. Mausumi Basu, Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and Seth SukhlalKarnani Memorial Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Department of Community Medicine

Sita Chatterjee, Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and Seth SukhlalKarnani Memorial Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Department of Community Medicine

Tushar Kanti Monda, Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research and Seth Sukhlal KarnaniMemorial Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine

Afifa Ahamed, Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Educationand Research and Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Demonstrator, Department of Community Medicine

Ishita Sarkar, All India Institute of Hygiene and PublicHealth (AIIH&PH), Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Junior Resident

Kaushik Sarkar, All India Institute of Hygiene and PublicHealth (AIIH&PH), Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Junior Resident

Bhaskar Shahbabu, All India Institute of Hygiene and PublicHealth (AIIH&PH), Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Junior Resident

Published
2016-03-30
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