Agha Mahboob, Raza Malik, Qais Mahmood Sikandar, Zahid Ishaq, Faizullah Kakar.
Private practitioner survey in Pakistan regarding their knowledge, attitude and practice of diseases reporting.
Pak J Med Res Jan ;39(1):26-9.
A quick survey of the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) of disease reporting among private practitioners was undertaken in July 1997 to serve as a basis for discussion about the role of the private practitioners in the Early Warning System being developed by WHO, NIH and the Ministry of Health of Pakistan. One hundred and twenty one (121) physicians were interviewed from busy areas of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Of the doctors interviewed, 85% claimed to have learned about disease reporting, either in medical college or through other avenues. Of recent medical graduates, 88% had learned information about surveillance while those who graduated before 1970 only 76.5% had studied surveillance. However, 97% over all indicated that disease surveillance would have a positive effect on public health in Pakistan. While only 19% of these private practitioners answered that they had been reporting disease. Almost all of them had useful suggestions for developing a disease surveillance system in which they could become involved.
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