KNOWLEDGE RELATED TO PATIENTS WITH CLEFT LIP AND PALATE AMONG PERIPHERAL HEALTH WORKERS IN INDIA - A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY
Saraswathi V. Naik, Divya Doddamani*, Aarathi J. Prakash and Deepak S. Naik
Introduction: The role of the primary care providers in India is to be a stable source of support for patients and to assist in coordinating care for the many physical and emotional conditions and creating awareness about conditions such as cleft lip and palate. Aim: To assess the knowledge related to cleft patients among peripheral health care workers. Method: A cross-sectional descriptive study with the aid of 15 self-administered questionnaire was conducted among 80 peripheral health care workers in Karnataka, India. Results were analysed by using Chi-square test and Mann-Whitney U test and Fisher’s Exact test; P values < 0.05 were considered statistically significant. Results: The mean age of the subjects was 34.72 ± 4.22 years (age range: 16-42 years). The comparison of knowledge according to years of experience showed statistically significant difference between the groups with p value 0.003. Conclusion: There is a need for community health education and targeted programs to develop more positive attitudes towards disabled persons. Therefore, peripheral health workers should be trained to develop necessary knowledge and skills with recent updates. There is a need for health education to improve the knowledge and awareness towards such conditions.
Keywords: Primary Health Care; Cleft Lip; Cleft Palate; Awareness.
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