Knowledge, attitude and perception of COVID-19 among orthopaedic surgeons

Keywords: Attitude Knowledge Perception, COVID-19, Orthopaedic Surgeon, SARS-Cov-2, Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPS)

Abstract

Introduction: COVID-19 has a long incubation period, is highly contagious but lacks definite cure. It has evolved into a pandemic resulting in global outcry. Preventive measures include hand washing or sanitization, maintaining social distance, face mask, quarantine etc. Orthopaedic surgeons are considered a high-risk group, due to the aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) they need to perform. A good knowledge and attitude are essential to prevent the contraction and spread of the virus.

Method: This is a cross-sectional descriptive study done in the form of online survey via e-mail among the registered Orthopaedic surgeons of Nepal. A four-point Likert scale was used for single option answer. Ethical approval was obtained. Descriptive analysis of data was performed by Microsoft Excel.

Result: Out of 123 responses, on the main issues regarding hand washing, social distancing and face masks, majority (>85%) of the Orthopaedicians had a good knowledge and attitude. Around 14% disagreed on Orthopaedic surgeries being AGPs. Majority (>90%) had a positive perception about implementation of preventive measures. More than 90% of the respondents believed that hospital meetings/teaching learning activities/presentations can be effectively conducted through virtual platforms.

Conclusion: Study found that most Orthopaedic surgeons have good knowledge and attitude regarding COVID-19. Importance of hand hygiene, social distancing, surgical mask, and well-ventilated rooms were well understood. Most perceived AGPs is a high risk procedure. Study found need of awareness on doffing of PPE. Online platforms were felt effective for most meetings and clinical consultations.

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Author Biography

Nabees Man Singh Pradhan, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Patan Hospital, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Published
2020-08-30
How to Cite
Pradhan, N. (2020). Knowledge, attitude and perception of COVID-19 among orthopaedic surgeons. Journal of Patan Academy of Health Sciences, 7(2), 4-13. https://doi.org/10.3126/jpahs.v7i2.31101
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COVID-19: Original Articles