RAISING HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS' AWARENESS OF MERS-CoV INFECTION IN MAKKAH HOSPITALS, KSA
Mohamed O. Nour*, Ahmed O. Babalghith, Hatim A. Natto, Sallahaldeen M. Alawneh and Fowzi O. Elamin
We aimed to assess knowledge, attitude and practices (KAP) of healthcare providers in Makkah hospitals regarding MERS-CoV infection and to measure effectiveness of the health education intervention used. The pretest data included 281 participants using self-administered questionnaire. Health education intervention using a combination of methods was conducted. After 3 months gap, a total of 188 participants responded to the post-intervention evaluation. Results showed significant post intervention improvement in their median scores for knowledge; (21 out of 28, P<0.001), attitude (6 out of 11, P=0.022) and cumulative KAP (34 out of 47, P<0.001) compared to the median scores obtained in the pre-test (18, 5.5 and 31 respectively). However; improvement in the median practice score after intervention was not significant. Continuous education and in-service training program on prevention of MERS-CoV are essential to improve healthcare providers' knowledge, change their attitudes and reduce the hazards attached with MERS-CoV infection.
Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, Practices, Healthcare providers, Health education intervention, MERS-CoV.
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