Document Type : Research Article
Background: Knowledge attitude practice study helps in improving the knowledge of the public, their awareness and promote positive message which could help in combating against Corona virus disease (COVID-19) or similar pandemic in future.
Objectives: The objectives of the study were to assess knowledge, attitude and practices of residents and students towards COVID-19 pandemic in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh.
Material and methods: This cross-sectional survey conducted in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, from February 2021 to March 2021. Data was collected using Google form as an online survey. A self-designed questionnaire with four parts general instructions, knowledge, attitude and practice was prepared comprising of 07 questions on knowledge, 08 for attitude, and 08 for practice.
Results: Out of the 164 participants, 48.78 % males, 51.21% females, 82.31% of 18-30 years and 15% ≥31 years. 71.34% were medical students and 28.65% paramedical staffs. 98.78% had correct knowledge about the spread of COVID-19, 97.53% about use of washing hands with soap and water and hand sanitizer. 97.54% avoided crowded places, 87.80% agreed vaccination can prevent spread of COVID-19 infection. 68.71% said they have not visited crowded places, 99.38% said spread of COVID-19 was social responsibility, 95.67% were wearing masks, 75.92% said vaccination will overcome the COVID-19. 92.40% avoided unnecessary travel, 94.93% wearing mask, 94.93% showed good practice, 94.87% encouraged social distancing at office, 89.74% avoided hand shaking. Significant difference found in practice score of different genders (P<0.004).
Conclusion: The present study showed that participants had higher knowledge, positive attitude and good practices regarding COVID-19.