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Knowledge and Perception of COVID-19 Pandemic during the First Wave (Feb-May 2020): A Cross-Sectional Study among Italian Healthcare Workers
International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health [Electronic Resource] ; 18(7):04, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1209448
ABSTRACT
Italy was the first country in Europe to face the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the study was to analyze healthcare workers' (HCWs) level of information, practice, and risk perception towards COVID-19. We set up a cross-sectional study through SurveyMonkey<sup> R</sup> and distributed the link through Facebook and Whatsapp closed groups. The research instrument was a 31 items questionnaire distributed using Facebook and Whatsapp. It was conducted in Italy from February to May 2020. The study participants were general practitioners, pediatricians and other health professionals. A total of 958 participants were included 320 (33.4%) general practitioners, 248 (25.9%) pediatricians and 390 (40.7%) other health professionals. The highest response rate was from Northern Italy (48.1%), followed by Central Italy (29.9%) and Southern Italy (22.0%). Less than a half (46%) of respondents felt they had a good level of information of COVID-19 case definition and of national prevention guidelines. Respondents reported to have changed their clinical practice;particularly, they increased the use of masks (87.1%, p < 0.001), disinfection and sanitization of doctors' offices (75.8%, p < 0.001), the use of protective glasses (71.2%, p < 0.001), alcoholic hand solution (71.2%, p < 0.001), and hand washing (31.8%, p = 0.028). HCWs are at high risk of infection;less than a half of them felt adequately prepared to face COVID-19 pandemic, so they need extensive information and awareness of the disease to take adequate precautionary measures, and they are crucial to disseminate good practices.

Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados de organismos internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Tipo de documento: Artigo Tipo de estudo: Estudo de prevalência / Fatores de risco Idioma: Inglês Revista: International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health [Electronic Resource] Ano de publicação: 2021

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Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados de organismos internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Tipo de documento: Artigo Tipo de estudo: Estudo de prevalência / Fatores de risco Idioma: Inglês Revista: International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health [Electronic Resource] Ano de publicação: 2021
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