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Table 5 Responses of the study participants to basic hepatitis B knowledge

From: Prevalence and associated knowledge of hepatitis B infection among healthcare workers in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Characteristic The consequences of infection Route of transmission Preventive measures
no. (%) P value no. (%) P value no. (%) P value
Poor Intermed Good Poor Intermed Good Poor Intermed Good
Age (y)
  < 39y 77 (77.8) 15 (15.2) 7 (7.1) 0.920 31 (31.3) 35 (35.4) 33 (33.3) 0.896 41 (41.4) 17 (17.2) 41 (41.4) 0.736
  ≥ 39y 86 (76.8) 19 (16.9) 7 (6.3) 32 (28.6) 40 (35.7) 40 (35.7) 52 (46.4) 19 (16.9) 41 (36.7)
Gender
 Female 75 (72.8) 20 (19.4) 8 (7.8) 0.322 26 (25.4) 42 (40.8) 35 (33.9) 0.222 42 (41.7) 19 (18.5) 42 (40.8) 0.634
 Male 88 (81.5) 14 (12.9) 6 (5.6) 37 (34.3) 33 (30.6) 38 (35.2) 51 (47.2) 17 (15.7) 40 (37.0)
Working experience
  < 9y 74 (75.5) 19 (19.4) 5 (5.1) 0.380 27 (27.6) 35 (35.7) 36 (36.7) 0.752 33 (33.7) 19 (19.4) 46 (46.9) 0.017*
  ≥ 9y 89 (78.8) 15 (13.3) 9 (7.9) 36 (31.9) 40 (35.4) 37 (32.7) 60 (53.1) 17 (15.0) 36 (31.9)
Education level
 High school 25 (65.8) 9 (23.7) 4 (10.5) 0.324 9 (20.5) 16 (41.0) 13 (33.3) 0.378 15 (38.5) 9 (23.1) 14 (35.9) 0.324
 Diploma certificate 133 (79.6) 24 (14.4) 10 (5.9) 51 (31.7) 58 (35.4) 58 (35.4) 75 (45.7) 26 (15.9) 66 (40.2)
 Bachelor’s degree or higher 5 (83.3) 1 (16.7) 0 (0.0) 3 (37.5) 1 (12.5) 2 (25.0) 3 (50.0) 1 (16.7) 2 (33.3)
Occupation
 Medical doctor 4 (57.1) 2 (28.6) 1 (14.3) 0.050* 0 (0.0) 3 (42.9) 4 (57.1) 0.196 2 (28.6) 1 (14.3) 4 (57.1) 0.221
 Nurse 137 (81.1) 21 (12.4) 11 (6.5) 56 (33.1) 59 (34.9) 54 (31.9) 80 (47.3) 30 (17.8) 59 (34.9)
 Other staff 22 (62.9) 11 (31.4) 2 (5.7) 7 (20.0) 13 (37.1) 15 (42.9) 11 (31.4) 5 (14.3) 19 (54.3)
Total 163 (77.3) 34 (16.1) 14 (6.6)   63 (29.9) 75 (35.5) 73 (34.6)   93 (44.1) 36 (17.1) 82 (38.9)  
  1. *Statistically significant at P < 0.05