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Anales de la Facultad de Medicina

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QUISPE-PRIETO, Silvia et al. Practices and knowledge on primary prevention of tuberculosis in university students of health sciences in Tacna, Peru. An. Fac. med. [online]. 2019, vol.80, n.4, pp.475-481. ISSN 1025-5583.

Introduction. The tuberculosis (TB) is an occupational risk for health workers and health careers students. Objetives: To describe the practices and knowledge about primary prevention of TB in health sciences students, also we identified the associated factors to prevention practices. Methods. We performed a cross sectional study in health careers students of penultimate year of four universities in the city of Tacna. In 2018, we applied a questionnaire that included 16 questions about knowledge and 13 about TB prevention practices. We performed a descriptive analysis for practices and knowledge, in addition the factors associated with the practice score were determined with a linear regression analysis. Results. 264 students participated. Regarding the use of the N95 respirator, 60,3% say that they always use it when interacting with TB patients. The university career (β: -1,23, 95% CI: -1,98 to -0,48) and the previous practices in emergency services (β: 3,08, 95% CI: 0,618 to 5,541) were associated with score for TB prevention practices. Conclusion. Exist an important gap in knowledge and practices about primary prevention of TB in students before starting internship.

Keywords : Health Knowledge; Attitudes; Practice; Primary Prevention; Tuberculosis; Students; Health Occupations.

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