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CRUZ MARTINEZ, Óscar Andrés; FLOREZ SUANCHA, Érika Liliana  and  MUNOZ SANCHEZ, Alba Idaly. Knowledge on tuberculosis In health workers in a sector of Bogotá D.C. av.enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.1, pp.143-151. ISSN 0121-4500.

This article comes from a pre-graduate monograph to obtain the title of Professional Nurse, whose purpose was to identify the knowledge on tuberculosis in 117 health workers from 12 public and private health institutions connected to the tuberculosis prevention and control program of the District Health Secretariat (Secretaría Distrital de Salud), in a sector of Bogotá. To collect data, an evaluation instrument was designed and applied to workers prior reading and accepting participation through informed consent. A general characterization of workers was carried out and basic knowledge on tuberculosis was assessed. Results showed that 34% of the workers reached a mid level of knowledge, 32% reached a lower level and 27% a low level and only 7% reached the high level. In general, a deficit in knowledge on the disease could be observed, mainly in subjects such as diagnosis, treatment, transmission period and bio-safety measures. The need to take actions to increase the knowledge on tuberculosis among health workers through academic training, facilitating training spaces, improving work conditions and articulating research and extension activities between the academy and the District Tuberculosis Control Program was verified.

Keywords : tuberculosis; health personnel; health knowledge; attitudes, practice.

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