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Knowledge, attitude and practices about leprosy among medical officers of Hyderabad urban district of Andhra Pradesh.
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PMID:  17578266     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In India, MDT was implemented through vertical programme staff of the National Leprosy Eradication Programme till the year 2001, when it was integrated into general health services (GHS). Human resource development of GHS is a vital, preparatory action for successful integration of leprosy into GHS. District Technical Support Teams (DTST) have been formed with responsibility for building the capacity of medical and paramedical staff of urban health posts (UHPs). In this context, it is necessary to know the current levels of Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) about leprosy prevailing among health staff at a given point in time, so that required knowledge and skills can be imparted, if need be. The present study is an attempt in this direction for assessing the KAP status of health staff working in Hyderabad city. 402 staff members (352 females and 50 males) working in urban health posts, the Employees State Insurance Corporation and the Central Government Health Services dispensaries in Hyderabad urban district in Andhra Pradesh were included in the study carried out in 2004 in order to assess KAP, and some operational parameters. A questionnaire was used to elicit responses of 110 medical officers in urban Hyderabad and the data were analysed and discussed. Medical officers have shown consistent higher knowledge on leprosy, followed by nursing staff as compared to other paramedical workers Only 40% of the medical officers had the opportunity of seeing at least 1 case of leprosy in their practice. Medical Officers who received training in leprosy and possessed reference material on leprosy have shown higher knowledge and practice. More than half of the study subjects did not have specific training in leprosy. Two major operational problems expressed by the medical officers were managing big crowds in OPD and time lost in meetings. 96 (87.3%) of 110 medical officers felt integration of leprosy services into general health services can be effectively implemented. 78 (71%) expressed that a leprosy patient with severe reaction needed priority attention at the out-patient department indicating good understanding of reactions in leprosy and a positive attitude towards such patients. There is a need to organize training at regular intervals to cover new persons as well as reinforcing and updating the knowledge of those already trained.
P V Ranganadha Rao; S L Narasimha Rao; B Vijayakrishnan; A B Chaudhary; S Peril; B Pratap Reddy; G Swamy Reddy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian journal of leprosy     Volume:  79     ISSN:  0254-9395     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian J Lepr     Publication Date:    2007 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-20     Completed Date:  2007-07-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8409173     Medline TA:  Indian J Lepr     Country:  India    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
LEPRA Society, 17 Krishnapuri Colony, West Maredpally, P.O. Box No.1518, Secunderabad 500 026.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
India / epidemiology
Leprosy* / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  prevention & control,  therapy
Medical Staff* / education,  psychology
Middle Aged
Nursing Staff* / education,  psychology
Urban Health*

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