An evaluation of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of employees of a university hospital in an H1N1 influenza pandemic

  • Omer Evirgen Mustafa Kemal University School of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey
  • Nazan Savas Mustafa Kemal University School of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey
  • Vicdan Koksaldi Motor Mustafa Kemal University School of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey
  • Yusuf Onlen Mustafa Kemal University School of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey
  • Erhan Yengil Mustafa Kemal University School of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey
Keywords: H1N1 virus, influenza vaccine, health professional, health knowledge, attitudes, behaviors

Abstract

Introduction: In this study, we aimed to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors concerning the transmission routes of an H1N1 pandemic and the protective measures of health professionals at a university hospital in Turkey.

Methodology: A stratified systematic sampling method was used to select the sample size of the study group. A total of 22 professors, 29 researchers, and 26 nurses were included in the study.

Results: The mean scores of the individuals were 8.4±2.5 (over 20) for knowledge about H1N1 transmission, 27.6±4.0 (over 60) for knowledge about protection against H1N1, 25.8±4.2 (over 45) for correct or appropriate attitudes, and 33.6±8.9 (over 60) for correct behaviors. A negative correlation between total knowledge and behavior was found (p < 0.001, r = -0.543).

Conclusions: In epidemics, standard protection measures should be known and applied. Regarding this topic, the web page of the Ministry of Health comes to the forefront as a reliable source of information in addition to scientific explanations.

Author Biographies

Omer Evirgen, Mustafa Kemal University School of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey
Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology
Nazan Savas, Mustafa Kemal University School of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey

Department of Public Health

Vicdan Koksaldi Motor, Mustafa Kemal University School of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey
Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology
Yusuf Onlen, Mustafa Kemal University School of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey
Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology
Erhan Yengil, Mustafa Kemal University School of Medicine, Hatay, Turkey

Department of Family Medicine

Published
2014-05-14
How to Cite
1.
Evirgen O, Savas N, Koksaldi Motor V, Onlen Y, Yengil E (2014) An evaluation of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of employees of a university hospital in an H1N1 influenza pandemic. J Infect Dev Ctries 8:561-569. doi: 10.3855/jidc.3400
Section
Outbreak