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Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) during the COVID-19 Pandemic among Palestinians in the Hebron Governorate, Palestine


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1 College of Nursing, Hebron University, Palestine, Palestinian Territory, Occupied
2 College of Science and Technology, Hebron University, Palestine, Palestinian Territory, Occupied
     

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Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) are important to understand during a pandemic when the population is expected to be compliant with rules and regulations. An Arabic language KAPsurvey was used to assess residents of the largest governorate in Palestine during the COVID-19 outbreak in May 2020. Given the magnitude of the effects of the virus worldwide it was important to examine the community understanding of the disease and compliance with officialdom during the outbreak. The data set consisted of 520 adults resident in Hebron area answering a 21 question self-administeredsurvey. They had a mean knowledge score of 10.25 (SD: 2.01, range: 0-11) indicating a high level of knowledge, a good mean score for practices, 5.55 (SD: 2.29, range: 0-6), while they generally had positive attitudes scoring 3.13 (SD: 2.15, range: 0-4).This unique survey can provide valuable indicators for health planners in the future.

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COVID-19, Fear of COVID-19, Palestine, Public Health, Pandemic.
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  • Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) during the COVID-19 Pandemic among Palestinians in the Hebron Governorate, Palestine

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Nawajah Inad
College of Nursing, Hebron University, Palestine, Palestinian Territory, Occupied
El Jabari Carol
College of Science and Technology, Hebron University, Palestine, Palestinian Territory, Occupied

Abstract


Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) are important to understand during a pandemic when the population is expected to be compliant with rules and regulations. An Arabic language KAPsurvey was used to assess residents of the largest governorate in Palestine during the COVID-19 outbreak in May 2020. Given the magnitude of the effects of the virus worldwide it was important to examine the community understanding of the disease and compliance with officialdom during the outbreak. The data set consisted of 520 adults resident in Hebron area answering a 21 question self-administeredsurvey. They had a mean knowledge score of 10.25 (SD: 2.01, range: 0-11) indicating a high level of knowledge, a good mean score for practices, 5.55 (SD: 2.29, range: 0-6), while they generally had positive attitudes scoring 3.13 (SD: 2.15, range: 0-4).This unique survey can provide valuable indicators for health planners in the future.

Keywords


COVID-19, Fear of COVID-19, Palestine, Public Health, Pandemic.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.15614/ijpp%2F2021%2Fv12i1%2F208976