International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Mechanics Science | India | Volume 3 Issue 5, May 2014

Effectiveness of Educational Intervention on Knowledge and Practice among Bio-Medical Waste Handlers

Tukaram [25] | Zagade [25] | Asha [660] | Pratinidhi [5]

Abstract: Aim of study was to improve environmental sanitation; reduce the risk of infectious and toxic waste to the biomedical waste handlers and the community. Objectives: To assess the status of knowledge and practice among bio-medical waste handlers regarding disposal of biomedical waste before and after educational intervention; and to determine the association of knowledge and practice score with selected sociodemograpic variables. Material & methods: A before and after interventional study was carried out on 187 biomedical waste handlers. Results: There were 21 (51.2 %) female biomedical waste handlers above the age of 45 as compared to 6 (14.6 %) between 25 to 34years. Majority175 (93.6 %) of the waste handlers were educated and had education from 1stto 12th standard. The mean pre training score was 9.3. with a S. D. Of 3.9; which improved to 20.0 with SD of 2.4. The mean pre training practice score was 7.8 with a S. D 3.8; which improved to 21.6 with a S. D. of 3.8 Initially there were 110 (58.8 %). workers in the poor category who all improved after educational intervention majority were 148 (79.1 %) in excellent category of knowledge after training. Initially there were 157 (83.9 %) in the poor category practice score; 83 (44.3 %) in excellent category of practices after educational intervention. Conclusion -Area wise effectiveness of educational intervention has shown an improvement in proportion of workers answering questions related to knowledge correctly. The percentage improvement has ranged from 6.4 % to 78.1 %. In all except two areas there has been improvement in proportion of biomedical waste handlers practicing them correctly.

Keywords: Biomedical waste, Educational Intervention, knowledge, practice, waste handlers

Edition: Volume 3 Issue 5, May 2014,

Pages: 285 - 295

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