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Table 2 Knowledge of HCWs on TB IC

From: Health care workers’ knowledge, attitudes and practices on tuberculosis infection control, Nepal

Knowledge questions on TB IC Correct response (%)
All HCWs (n = 190) Clinical staff (n = 108) X-ray/ Lab staff (n = 20) Admin. staff (n = 31) Ward/ support staff (n = 31)
What are symptoms of TB?
 Cough for 2 weeks or more 128 (67.4) 82 (75.2) 12 (63.2) 11 (35.5) 23 (74.2)
 Weight loss 143 (75.3) 96(88.1) 14 (73.7) 13 (41.9) 20 (64.5)
 Fever 162 (85.3) 101 (92.7) 18 (94.7) 19 (61.3) 24 (77.4)
 Loss of appetite 110 (57.9) 69 (63.3) 16 (52.6) 10 (32.3) 13 (41.9)
 Chest pain 129 (67.2) 89(81.7) 15 (78.9) 9 (29.0) 16 (51.6)
 Blood in sputum 117 (61.6) 75 (68.8) 13 (68.4) 11 (35.5) 18 (58.1)
How is TB transmitted? 155 (81.6) 101(92.7) 16 (84.2) 15 (48.4) 23 (74.2)
What is difference between TB infection and disease? 104 (54.7) 74 (67.9) 13 (68.4) 4 (12.9) 13 (41.9)
Definition of TB suspects 101 (53.2) 66 (60.6) 13 (68.4) 6 (19.4) 16 (51.6)
Which TB is infectious? 155 (81.6) 105 (96.3) 18 (94.7) 12 (38.7) 20 (64.5)
How long is a TB patient infectious after starting treatment? 60 (31.6) 46 (42.2) 5 (26.3) 3 (9.7) 6 (19.4)
In what ways, can HCWs prevent TB infection?
 Use of respirators by HCWs 175 (92.1) 104 (95.4) 16 (84.2) 27 (87.1) 28 (90.3)
 Use of masks by patients 65 (34.2) 42 (38.5) 9 (47.4) 3 (9.7) 11 (35.5)
What are IC measures in health facilities?
 Administrative controls 28 (14.7) 16 (14.7) 8 (42.1) 0 (0.0) 4 (12.9)
 Environmental controls 90 (47.4) 61 (56) 10 (52.6) 5 (16.1) 14 (45.2)
 Personal respiratory protection 105 (55.3) 62 (56.9) 17 (89.5) 10 (32.3) 16 (51.6)