Knowledge and Beliefs among Health Care Workers Regarding Hepatitis B Infection and Needle Stick Injuries at a Tertiary Care Hospital, Karachi

ArticleinJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan: JCPSP 21(5):317-8 · May 2011with21 Reads
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Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a recognized occupational risk for health care workers (HCWs). This study aimed to assess the knowledge and beliefs of HCWs regarding HBV transmission and needle stick injuries (NSIs). A cross-sectional questionnaire based KAP study was conducted at Civil Hospital, Karachi, during the period of January to September 2006. HCWs were inquired about possible modes of HBV transmission and association with NSIs. Data were entered using EpiInfo 6.04d software. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 12.5 software. A total of 343 HCWs participated, and those answered at least 5 correct modes of HBV transmission were considered knowledgeable. Knowledgeable group was more likely to report NSIs (p < 0.006), more vaccinated (p < 0.001) and were also more likely to attend awareness session (p < 0.009). Overall knowledge were inadequate and behaviour and attitude towards clinical practices were found compromised. To reduce the occupational risk, effort should be focused to establish effective infection control program and training of staff.
    • "Similarly, Koria and Lala (2012) in Pakistan and Foster et al. (2010) in Jamaika had the same results. However, the finding from this study is at variance with that reported in a study in Karachi by Habib et al. (2011) who found that the overall knowledge of the health workers studied was inadequate. Risk perception is the subjective judgment that people make about the characteristic and severity of a risk. "
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    • "A cross-sectional questionnaire based study done by Habib et al., among HCWs in 2011 revealed that overall knowledge were inadequate and behavior and attitude towards clinical practices were found compromised. Sixty-five percent believed that all HCWs are at risk and 89% believed that vaccination provides protection.[14] In the present study overall awareness was found to be adequate with 90.03% of AHCWs well-informed about HBI. "
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