KAP SURVEY OF DENTISTS TOWARDS PERSONAL PROTECTIVE MEASURES FOR THE PREVENTION OF HEP B AND C
Objectives: Our study is intended to investigate the attitude and implication in practice towards personal protective measures (PPM) adopted by house officers of Sharif Medical and Dental College. An additional purpose was to intensify the awareness of this blind-ended infection.
Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive method of study was selected for our research purpose. A self-directed questionnaire was developed to check out the attitude and implication in clinical practice towards PPM taken by House Officers for the Precaution of Hepatitis B and C. We used a validated questionnaire which was previously used for the research of Hepatitis B and C. Health care professionals who were already suffering from this contagious infection were excluded from the sample.
Results: An aggregate of 150 house officers were incorporated in the survey with a mean age of 22.5 ± 0.082. Almost all the house officers 146 (97.3%) were aware of hepatitis B and C virus infection. About fifty-two percent of the sample size (79 house officers) never played any part in the health care program. 8% (12 house officers) considered hepatitis B and C as a very serious disease. No considerable co-relation was established between the attitude and age or gender of the participants
Conclusions: The present study showed that house officers have a good attitude towards the significance of the disease but lacks deep information especially regarding its transmission and preventive measures. A piece of complete knowledge and awareness must be provided to the health care professionals through different programs to reduce the spread of hepatitis B and C.