Knowledge, attitude and practices of COVID-19 among medical laboratory professionals in Zambia

African Journal of Laboratory Medicine

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Title Knowledge, attitude and practices of COVID-19 among medical laboratory professionals in Zambia
Creator Chawe, Adon Mfune, Ruth L. Syapiila, Paul M. Zimba, Sharon D. Vlahakis, Pipina A. Mwale, Samson Mwape, Kapambwe Chirambo-Kalolekesha, Memory Chileshe, Misheck Mutale, Joseph Mudenda, Tobela Manda, Grace Daka, Victor
Subject Biomedical sciences; Infectious disease COVID-19; medical laboratory professional; knowledge; attitude; practices
Description Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a novel disease that has spread to nearly every country worldwide. Medical laboratory professionals are key in the fight against COVID-19 as they provide confirmatory diagnosis for subsequent management and mitigation of the disease.Objective: This study investigated the knowledge, attitude and practices of COVID-19 and their predictors among medical laboratory personnel in Zambia.Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study among medical laboratory professionals in Zambia from 10 to 29 June 2020. Data were collected using Google Forms and exported to Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 23 for statistical analysis. Independent predictors of COVID-19 knowledge and practices were determined. Adjusted odds ratios (AOR) and their 95% confidence intervals (CI) are reported.Results: A total of 208 medical laboratory professionals, 58.2% male, participated in the study. The majority of respondents had good knowledge (84.1%) and practice (75.0%) regarding COVID-19. Predictors of good knowledge included having a bachelor’s degree (AOR: 5.0, CI: 1.13–22.19) and having prior COVID-19 related training (AOR: 8.83, CI: 2.03–38.44). Predictors of good practice included having a master’s or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) qualification (AOR: 5.23, CI: 1.15–23.87) and having prior COVID-19 related training (AOR: 14.01, CI: 6.47–30.36).Conclusion: Our findings revealed that medical laboratory professionals in Zambia have good knowledge regarding COVID-19. There is need for continuous professional development to ensure that medical laboratory professionals are well informed and aware of best practices to aid in curbing the pandemic.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-03-04
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4102/ajlm.v10i1.1403
Source African Journal of Laboratory Medicine; Vol 10, No 1 (2021); 7 pages 2225-2010 2225-2002
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Adon Chawe, Ruth Lindizyani Mfune, Paul Siyapila, Sharon Duba Zimba, Pipina A Vlahakis, Samson Mwale, Kapambwe Mwape, Memory Kalolekesha, Misheck Chileshe, Joseph Mutale, Tobela Mudenda, Grace Manda, Victor Daka