Assessing Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Frontline Chinese Healthcare Practitioners toward COVID-19

An online multi-centers survey


  • Wenjie Sun


Introduction: To investigate the knowledge of COVID-19 among Chinese healthcare practitioners.
Methodology: A survey to address the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of COVID-19 was conducted among Chinese healthcare workers on February 2020. Data was collected by a structured questionnaire distributed to 126 healthcare practitioners participating in the delivery of care during the COVID-19 outbreak. From the collected data, logistic regression modeling was applied to explore the association between knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding care and treatment of COVID-19. The odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were obtained from the logistic regression analysis.
Results: Physicians demonstrated a greater level of knowledge of COVID-19 risk and prevention than other practitioners. Social media was the main source (87.6%) for providing information about COVID-19 knowledge. Regarding attitudes of COVID-19, 83.3% of the participants worried about their family members getting COVID-19, and 87.1% were afraid to be in public areas because of COVID-19. Regarding health practices, 93.5% of respondents reported that they could take the proper measures to prevent contracting COVID-19. Logistic regression showed that there was a relationship between occupation and prevention practices (OR=5.21 with 95% CI 1.10-24.76). However, there was no age, gender, or department differences in COVID-19 prevention practices (P-values>0.05).
Conclusions: The presented study indicated that the awareness levels of COVID-19 varied among Chinese healthcare workers. Although COVID-19 has not caused panic among healthcare practitioners, this study demonstrated it would be helpful to update their knowledge of COVID-19 for better prevention practices.






Public Health