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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-27

A cross-sectional study to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice toward eyecare among the ophthalmology postgraduates of Karnataka during COVID-19 pandemic


Department of Ophthalmology, KVG Medical College and Hospital, Sullia, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Mahesh Babu
Quarter No B-26, Doctors Apartment, Near IPS School, Kurunjihag, Sullia, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_169_20

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Aim: The aim of this study is to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice toward eye care among ophthalmology postgraduate of Karnataka in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Methods: A self-designed questionnaire was prepared and sent to ophthalmology postgraduates in the various colleges in Karnataka using Google form platform as an online survey. The sample size was calculated to be 100. Results: Out of 100 participants, 80% were female with 84% aged between 26 and 30 years. The rates for correct answer for knowledge about COVID-19 ranged from 60% to 92%. In terms of practice, 65% of them showed good practice. Ninety-four percent of the participants told that COVID-19 has adversely affected their postgraduation training, especially the surgical training. Conclusion: The postgraduate residents of ophthalmology showed a satisfactory level of knowledge and attitude toward COVID-19 with an obvious difference in practice with regard to disciplines. Practice can be further improved by webinars, Continuing Medical Education Programs (CMEs), and guidance from the experts. Since the surgical training has been greatly affected, more frequent video-based surgical teaching programs, virtual simulation platforms, and practice on model eyes must be encouraged for the surgical training of the residents.


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