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Sahoo S, Sharma N, Kathwal J, Mehra A, Nehra R, Grover S. Beliefs Related to COVID-19 Infection among the Nursing Students during the Early Part of the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Postgrad Med Edu Res 2022; 56 (4):154-159.
Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to several misconceptions and controversies related to the transmission, treatment, prevention, and management of COVID-19 infection. Nursing personnel and students form a major group of frontline warriors, and they can play an important role in dispelling misconceptions. Hence, it is essential to understand their knowledge and beliefs related to various aspects of COVID-19 infection.
Aim: To evaluate the beliefs held by the nursing students on various aspects of COVID-19.
Materials and methods: An online cross-sectional survey was conducted through the Survey Monkey® platform using WhatsApp®, among the nursing students of two institutes in North India.
Results: A total of 332 nursing students participated in the survey and the response rate to the survey was 57.2%. The mean age of the participants was 21.38 [standard deviation (SD)— 2.43] years, the majority being females (87.3%) and were pursuing graduation nursing courses (n = 318; 95.8%). Incorrect beliefs related to various preventive aspects, modes of spread of infection, and treatments were present in a significant proportion of the participants. When the prevalence of various misconceptions (number of participants with at least one incorrect response related) was evaluated, the same ranged from 42.8 to 93.7% in different areas.
Conclusion: This survey highlights the widespread prevalence of misconceptions about various aspects of COVID-19 among nursing students, which needs to be addressed by proper education and awareness.
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