Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Regarding Blood Donation among Paramedical Personnel in a Teaching Hospital, Hassan, Karnataka

Authors

  • Anjan Sreeranga
  • Maliakel Steffi Francis
  • Posima Jaisai
  • Priyanka Aggarwal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i4.16488

Keywords:

Voluntary blood donation, paramedical personnel, awareness

Abstract

Background: Voluntary, non - remunerated blood donation is the foundation for safe and sustainable blood
supply. Health care providers, especially non physician personnel or paramedical personnel, play an important
role in motivating and promoting blood donation as they come more in contact with public as representatives
of the health system and hence need to possess a comprehensive and accurate knowledge regarding blood
donation. Methodology: A Cross–sectional study was conducted to assess the knowledge of blood donation
among 285 paramedical personnel working in Hassan institute of medical sciences, Karnataka which is
a tertiary care teaching hospital. A pretested Questionnaire regarding blood donation KAP (knowledge,
attitude and practice) were administered to all the paramedical personnel who consented to take part in the
study after adequate sample size estimation. Results: More than 90% of staff had good knowledge regarding
the blood groups and the eligibility criteria. 253 (88.8%) respondents considered blood donation as good and
205(71.9%) believed it was safe to donate blood but in practice only 116(40.7%) had ever donated blood.
Male workers were more likely to donate blood (p<0.0001) Conclusion : It was observed that although there
is a reasonably good level of knowledge and positive attitude among the paramedical personnel, the practice
of donating blood was not adequate, especially that of regular voluntary donation. Hence it is important to
conduct sensitization programs to improve practice of blood donation and various incentives as suggested
by the staff themselves and several international bodies maybe considered to promote blood donation among
them.

Author Biographies

Anjan Sreeranga

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, Karnataka

Maliakel Steffi Francis

Senior Resident/Tutor, Department of Community Medicine, Chamarajanagar Institute of Medical Sciences,
Karnataka,

Posima Jaisai

Postgraduate, Department of Community Medicine, Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, Karnataka

Priyanka Aggarwal

Postgraduate, Department of Community Medicine, Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, Karnataka

Published

2021-07-19

How to Cite

Sreeranga, A. ., Francis, M. S., Jaisai, P., & Aggarwal, P. . (2021). Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Regarding Blood Donation among Paramedical Personnel in a Teaching Hospital, Hassan, Karnataka. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 12(4), 11-17. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i4.16488