A web-based health education module and its impact on the preventive practices of health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Kiran Abbas, S. Muhammad A. Nawaz, Nazish Amin, Fareena M. Soomro, Kanza Abid, Moiz Ahmed, Khalid A. Sayeed, Shamas Ghazanfar, Noorulain Qureshi

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Abstract

Proper training on the preventive measures against COVID-19 among health-care workers is crucial for mitigating the spread of viral infection. The present study evaluated the efficacy of a brief web-based module on the practice of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette among respective health-care workers. A comparative study was conducted with a total of 500 participants. A self-reported questionnaire was used for both pre- and post-intervention evaluation. The post-intervention assessment was conducted 1-2weeks following the intervention. The difference in the practice of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquettes during work hours was recorded. We found that the intervention resulted in an evident difference in the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer by the participating doctors before examining the patient. Interns showed a much higher propensity to wash their hands for at least 20 s, relative to other health-care workers. The difference between pre- and postintervention handwashing for >5 times/day was 6.5%in females and 4.5%in males. In short, the study was able to demonstrate that a web-based health education module is an effective tool for the education and promotion of preventative measures in hospital setups, which may ultimately aid in halting the spread of COVID-19 among health-care workers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Education Research
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

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