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Knowledge, attitude and practice of nurses regarding pulmonary tuberculosis in a tertiary care hospital

Rahul Magazine, Bharti Chogtu, L Muthukumaran, A J Saisree Reddy, Nimisha Srivastava, Aswini Kumar Mohapatra

Keywords : Tuberculosis, nurses, tertiary care hospital

Citation Information : Magazine R, Chogtu B, Muthukumaran L, Reddy AJ, Srivastava N, Mohapatra AK. Knowledge, attitude and practice of nurses regarding pulmonary tuberculosis in a tertiary care hospital. Indian J Respir Care 2012; 1 (2):161-166.

DOI: 10.5005/ijrc-1-1-161

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Published Online: 01-12-2022

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Background: Knowledge, attitude and practices of nurses can have a significant effect on the delivery of health services to pulmonary tuberculosis patients. Information regarding this can help in modifying and improving the training programs for nurses working in various health facilities. Objectives: To study the knowledge, attitude and practices of nurses regarding pulmonary tuberculosis in an academic hospital. Methods: A cross sectional questionnaire based study was conducted over a period of one month at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, Karnataka. 202 (89.8%) out of the 225 nurses who were approached agreed to take part in the study and were included in the analysis. The data was analysed using SPSS 16.0., p values were calculated using chi- square test. Results: 79 (39.1%) respondents were worried about getting tuberculosis from patients. 37 (63.8%) subjects who had work experience in a tuberculosis ward as compared to 58 (40.3%) who had never worked in a TB ward were able to write the expanded form of DOTS (p = 0.002). Only 4.5% of respondents collected sputum in an open area. Regarding the measures taken to reduce transmission of TB infection in the ward it was found that 143 (70.8%) respondents followed the correct practices. It was noted that only 86 (42.6%) subjects displayed satisfactory level of awareness. Conclusion: Majority of the respondents were not choosing the right location for sputum collection. With less than fifty per cent of the respondents having satisfactory level of awareness there is a need to further strengthen the training and skill monitoring programs.

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