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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-26

A survey conducted among physiotherapists to assess awareness on COVID-19 during the first and second waves in India


NIMHANS, Bengaluru, India

Correspondence Address:
Mr. Tittu Thomas James
Physiotherapy Center, DPNR Building, NIMHANS Hospital Campus, Hosur Road, Bengaluru 560029.
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jsip.jsip_16_21

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Background: COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by novel coronavirus (SARS CoV-2). The mode of spread of the infection is through droplets and also through direct contact of contaminated surfaces. Measures such as social distancing and use of protective equipment are required to prevent the spread of infection. This study was designed to assess the awareness about COVID-19 among physiotherapists, during the two phases of lockdown. Materials and Methods: An online survey was conducted in two phases among 110 physiotherapists to assess their awareness and knowledge about the disease. The first phase of the study was done during the first COVID-19 wave in India between 25th and 30th of March 2020, and the second phase was conducted between 7th and 12th of May 2021 when the second wave of COVID-19 in India was at its peak. Results: It is essential for physiotherapists to understand COVID-19 as a disease and to know its mode of spread in order to take necessary precautions and measures within their working environment to prevent the spread of the disease. With the first phase of the study, we identified a need for educational and awareness programs in therapists and need of guidelines in order to implement effective and safe strategies in dealing with the patients during this pandemic. The second phase identified that better understanding existed in physiotherapists about the disease, with precautions taken at their workplace to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Conclusion: A better knowledge about COVID-19 was reflected among physiotherapists at the second lockdown phase than during the first lockdown.


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