Knowledge and attitudes of healthcare workers in Chinese intensive care units regarding 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic
1 The First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, PR China
2 Hainan Provincial People's Hospital, Haikou, PR China
3 The Second Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, PR China
4 Fuxing Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, PR China
5 Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, PR China
6 The First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College, Kunming, PR China
7 The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, PR China
8 Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, PR China
9 Hebei Medical University Fourth Hospital, Shijiazhuang, PR China
10 The Affiliated Hospital of Inner Mongolia Medical College, Huhhot, PR China
11 The First Affiliated Hospital, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, PR China
12 Guangdong General Hospital, Guangzhou, PR China
13 Affiliated Hospital of Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, PR China
14 Peking University People's Hospital, Beijing, PR China
15 Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital, Hangzhou, PR China
16 Xijing Hospital, Xi'an, PR China
17 The First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, PR China
18 Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, PR China
19 Qilu Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan, PR China
20 Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, PR China
BMC Infectious Diseases 2011, 11:24 doi:10.1186/1471-2334-11-24Published: 25 January 2011
To describe the knowledge and attitudes of critical care clinicians during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.
A survey conducted in 21 intensive care units in 17 provinces in China.
Out of 733 questionnaires distributed, 695 were completed. Three hundred and fifty-six respondents (51.2%) reported their experience of caring for H1N1 patients. Despite the fact that 88.5% of all respondents ultimately finished an H1N1 training program, only 41.9% admitted that they had the knowledge of 2009 H1N1 influenza. A total of 572 respondents (82.3%) expressed willingness to care for H1N1 patients. Independent variables associated with increasing likelihood to care for patients in the logistic regression analysis were physicians or nurses rather than other professionals (odds ratio 4.056 and 3.235, p = 0.002 and 0.007, respectively), knowledge training prior to patient care (odds ratio 1.531, p = 0.044), and the confidence to know how to protect themselves and their patients (odds ratio 2.109, p = 0.001).
Critical care clinicians reported poor knowledge of H1N1 influenza, even though most finished a relevant knowledge training program. Implementation of appropriate education program might improve compliance to infection control measures, and willingness to work in a pandemic.