Study of Knowledge and Attitudes towards Respiratory Hygiene and Respiratory Exercise in School-Aged Children, According to Gender: A Cross-Sectional Survey Study

Authors

  • Vani Madaan
  • Rishabh Pathak

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijpot.v17i3.19556

Keywords:

Knowledge, Attitude, Respiratory Exercises, Respiratory Hygiene

Abstract

Background: As the COVID-19 epidemic began in 2019 in Wuhan, China, and spread quickly to numerous nations.
Therefore, in order to curb the spread of this disease, the government has implemented various preventative
measures, such as social distance, using napkins when sneezing or coughing, avoid hand contact with those
who are ill, etc. Children attending large gatherings since schools have resumed operations as per government
directives, making them susceptible to the transmission of Covid-19. In order to stop the spread of the pandemic
among children, it is important to evaluate how school-aged children understand the respiratory exercises and
preventative measures recommended by the Government of India.
Methodology: The knowledge and attitudes of school-going youngsters were evaluated using a cross-sectional
survey research. A thorough assessment of the literature led to the formulation of the survey’s google form
questionnaire, which included 17 questions in the knowledge and attitude domains. Snowball sampling was used
to distribute the survey questionnaire to 800 students in North Indian schools. Only 673 students were included in
the survey due to the inclusion and exclusion criteria.
Results: Among 673 students, 404 students were females (22.965±2.899) and rest were males (22.186±3.772). Our
study shows that both the domains’ knowledge (t-stat 3.024) and attitude (t-stat 3.420) are highly significant as
the p-value is <0.001. The correlation between both domains shows that both domains are positively and highly
significantly correlated as the r-value is 0.44.
Conclusion: The precautionary steps that the Indian government implemented have had a positive influence on
students’ lives and knowledge, and they are taking excellent care of themselves

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Author Biographies

  • Vani Madaan

    Assistant Professor, Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapist, JNUIMSRC

  • Rishabh Pathak

    Assistant Professor, Neurology Physiotherapist, IAMR

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Published

2023-07-21

How to Cite

Study of Knowledge and Attitudes towards Respiratory Hygiene and Respiratory Exercise in School-Aged Children, According to Gender: A Cross-Sectional Survey Study. (2023). Indian Journal of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy - An International Journal, 17(3), 89-94. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijpot.v17i3.19556