Intervention on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) And Syndromic Management Among Community Pharmacists In Lagos State, Nigeria
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Commonwealth Pharmacists Association
Introduction: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a common and serious problem worldwide. The most widely known are gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV – the virus that causes AIDS – but there are more than 20 others (WHO, 2007). The syndromic management approach is based on an STI syndrome and it offers many benefits in the struggle against STIs. Community pharmacists are one of the most accessible and trusted health care professionals. They are well located to reach millions of individuals with STI prevention and control messages and other strategies (Stergachis, 1999). Objectives: This study was conducted to assess the basic knowledge of community pharmacists in STIs and syndromic management and provide training as an intervention. Method: The study was a cross sectional pre and post type involving 202 community pharmacists in the 11 zones of Lagos state. Pre-tested questionnaires were self-administered to the community pharmacists before and after training on STI and Syndromic Management. Results: The findings of the study showed that about 16% of the community pharmacists had good knowledge of STIs and 53% of them had good knowledge on syndromic management. The findings also revealed that after the training intervention, there was an improvement in their basic knowledge on STIs and Syndromic Management of STIs (54% and 70% respectively). Conclusions: The assessment of the knowledge of community pharmacist on STIs and syndromic management shows that there is need for continuous education in these areas especially in the early detection and management of the condition.
Intervention , KAP , STIs , Syndromic Management , Community pharmacists , Research Subject Categories::PHARMACY
Aina B.A. and Osegbe C.C. (2009). Intervention on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) And Syndromic Management Among Community Pharmacists In Lagos State, Nigeria. Book of Abstracts page 96. Abstract presented at 10th Commonwealth Pharmacists Association Conference, Accra, Ghana. 4th to 9th August 2009