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Basim Saadoon N, A. Kadum S, H. Ali L. Knowledge and Attitudes of Healthcare workers regarding of Medical Waste Management in hospitals of Al-Najaf Governorate. Health Educ Health Promot 2022; 10 (4) :1-10
URL: http://hehp.modares.ac.ir/article-5-62791-en.html
1- Middle Technical University, College of Health & Medical Technology, Baghdad, Iraq , naseembasimsaadoon@gmail.com
2- Middle Technical University, College of Health & Medical Technology, Baghdad, Iraq
Abstract:   (194 Views)
Aims: This study aimed to assess the knowledge and attitudes of healthcare workers on medical waste management (MWM) and determine the relationship between socio-demographic characteristics of healthcare worker with their knowledge and attitudes.
Instruments and methods: A descriptive; cross sectional study conducted at the government hospitals of Al-Najaf governorate, Iraq. The study include 443 participants (93 medical staff, 310 paramedical staff, and 40 housekeeping staff) collected through period from 2nd January until 31th March 2022 using a structured questionnaire depends on the National Guide to Infection Control in the Iraqi Health Institution and the previous studies.   
Findings: The study was conducted on 443 participants with the mean ± SD of their ages was 29.18 ±7.68 years. The age group 20-29 years had the highest percentage (69.1%), female were represented (58.9%) of the studied sample compared to (41.1%) male. The highest percentage of the studied sample had Baccalaureate certification (44%) and period of experience (1-5) years (62.98%).The majority of the studied sample were paramedical staff (70%). Regarding training on MWM, majority of them (69.1%) did not undergo any training program. In general, the overall assessment of participants knowledge about MWM is fair (69.9%), good (25.1%) and (4.9%) had poor knowledge, while about attitudes, (51.9%) had good attitudes, (46.7%) had fair attitudes and (1.4%) had poor attitudes.
Conclusion: The current study concluded that only 25.1% of healthcare worker had good knowledge on MWM, and about half of them 51.9% had good attitude. The good knowledge and attitude about paramedical staff were higher than medical and housekeeping staff. 
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Article Type: Original Research | Subject: Health Promotion Setting
Received: 2022/05/5 | Accepted: 2022/07/20 | Published: 2022/09/1

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