Knowledge, attitude and practice among health care professionals regarding COVID-19 and barriers faced by health care professionals in South India

Venkata Rama Rao Nallani, Rama Rao Nadendla, Naga Swathi Sree Kavuri


Background: Corona virus disease or SARS-CoV-2 is the rapidly emerging pandemic in the present world. It has become a major concern for the front liners (health care professionals) globally. Aim of the study to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice among health care professionals regarding COVID-19 and barriers faced by HCP’s during practicing in south India.

Methods: A cross sectional online survey was conducted during the month of May. The questionnaire was designed and validated and it was administered among participants. The statistical significance was calculated for collected data.

Results: Total 658 subjects were responded. Gender distribution, females (64%) and males (36%). The questions included about profession, geographical distribution, age, source of information. Out of 658 samples, 418 (63.49%) with good knowledge and 240 (36.51%) with poor knowledge. Regarding attitude findings showed only few have positive attitude. Regarding practice 74.9% have good practice and 25.1% have poor practicing. By calculated the Chi-square test gives the statistical significance p<0.0001 at 95% CI. Logistic regression analysis was done using gender versus knowledge (p<0.0001), age versus knowledge (p<0.0001) and area of residence versus knowledge (p<0.438) hence. Whereas gender versus practice (p<0.0001), age versus practice (p<0.402) and area of residence versus practice (p<0.0001) at 95% CI.

Conclusions: In the present pandemic situation HCP’s were the front liners so, they must have proper knowledge, attitude and practicing skills. Our results showed positive outcome still the awareness should be created by conducting educational campaigns, journal clubs and continuous professionals programs for more positive outcome.



Attitude, Corona virus, Health care professionals, Knowledge, Practice, Southern India

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