Doctors' Knowledge of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers

Clifford Lisk, Luke Snell, Michael Haji-Coll, Jayne Ellis, Saaidullah Sufi, Rohit Raj, A Sharma, C Smith

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Abstract

Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHF) such as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) are of increasing concern to clinicians and public heath bodies across Europe and America due to the on-going epidemic in West Africa. We conducted an online study to assess clinicians' knowledge of VHF across six hospital sites in London. This showed suboptimal knowledge of Public Health England guidance, EVD epidemiology and the risk factors for acquiring VHF. Knowledge about VHF was dependent on seniority of grade with the most junior grade of doctors performing worse in several areas of the survey. Poor knowledge raises concerns that those at risk of VHF will be inappropriately risk stratified and managed. Education of doctors and other healthcare professionals about VHF is necessary to address these knowledge gaps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalC P D Journal. Acute Medicine
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Personnel/education
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola/epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom

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