Research Article
Volume 10 Issue 5 - 2021
Knowledge and Attitude of Doctors Working in Pediatric Department towards Covid-19: A Multicenter Survey from Lahore, Pakistan
Riffat Omer1*, Humayun Iqbal Khan1, Muhammed Khalid Masood1, Najaf Masood1, Fatima Tahira1 and Noor Humayun2
1Department of Pediatric Medicine, Services Institute of Medical Sciences/Services Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan
2CMH Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author: Riffat Omer, Department of Pediatric Medicine, Services Institute of Medical Sciences/Services Hospital, Cantt, Lahore, Pakistan.
Received: March 20, 2021; Published: April 14, 2021


Background and Objective: The world has changed dramatically over the first three months of 2020. Children of all ages can get COVID-19, although they appear to be affected less commonly than adults. This study was conducted to assess knowledge and attitude of doctors working in pediatrics towards COVID-19.

Methods: This was an online self-administered and pretested questionnaire based survey of doctors working in pediatric departments of various public sector and private hospitals of Lahore, Pakistan from May 8, 2020 to May 20, 2020 to assess knowledge and attitude of the participant doctors. Calculated sample size was 278 however 284 respondents were included in final analysis. The questionnaire was circulated as “Google Form” with link distribution through WhatsApp. The data was analyzed on SPSS v.20. More than 70% correct responses by each participant on knowledge and attitude scores separately were considered adequate. Triage was done based on age range and level of experience of the respondents. Chi Square test was employed to check significant differences between the groups where a p value of < 0.05 was considered to be significant.

Results: The average age of the participants was 40.6 years (+12.4) with female to male ratio of 0.88:1. Generally, knowledge and attitude scores were adequate however the cohort was found to be lacking in the questions regarding hand hygiene, composition of sanitizers, breast feeding, vertical transmission and indications of N95 mask. The deficiency of knowledge and attitude did not seem to depend upon the level of experience or the gender of the participants.

Conclusion: Knowledge and attitude of doctors working in various pediatric departments regarding COVID-19 was adequate however evolution of educational strategies and campaigns at institutional and national level seem to be need of the hour.

Keywords: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease; COVID19; COVID-19 Pandemic; Pediatrics


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Citation: Riffat Omer., et al. “Knowledge and Attitude of Doctors Working in Pediatric Department towards Covid-19: A MulticenterSurvey from Lahore, Pakistan”. EC Paediatrics 10.5 (2021): 01-08.

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