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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 83-88

Assessment of knowledge–attitude–practice towards COVID-19 among population visiting the endocrinology department in a tertiary care center in south India: A cross-sectional survey

Department of Endocrinology, M S Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Pramila Kalra
Department of Endocrinology, M S Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru 560054, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/DYPJ.DYPJ_59_21

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Background: Novel corona-virus disease (COVID-19) has rapidly spread worldwide since its origin in late 2019 in the Wuhan province of China. Knowledge about the disease or lack thereof determines the success of containment of the virus. Individuals with chronic noncommunicable diseases are at a higher risk of complications of COVID-19. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices of patients and the people accompanying the patients visiting the Endocrinology out patient department of a tertiary care hospital in south India. A questionnaire that included questions pertaining to knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding COVID-19 was administered. The COVID-19 knowledge questionnaire had 12 questions: four regarding clinical presentations, three regarding transmission routes, and five regarding the prevention and control of COVID-19. Results: Data of 268 individuals were analyzed. The mean knowledge score was 8.43 out of 12. Education was the significant factor that determined knowledge score. The majority agreed that COVID-19 will be controlled (69%) and were hopeful about India winning the battle against COVID-19 (70.5%), 82.1% were avoiding crowded places, and 77.6% were wearing a mask when leaving the house. Caregivers had better knowledge scores as compared with patients. Conclusions: The majority of the individuals attending the Endocrinology clinic had good knowledge about COVID-19. The level of education played an important role in determining the level of knowledge.

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