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ASSESSMENT OF NIGERIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS' KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND AWARENESS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY ROLES IN THE PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19: A NATIONWIDE ONLINE SURVEY

Chidozie Emmanuel Mbada; Omotola Adam Onigbinde; Overcomer Temiloluwa Binuyo; Adekola Babatunde Ademoyegun; Clara Toyin Fatoye; Opeyemi Ayodiipo Idowu; Adesola Ojo Ojoawo; Kayode Israel Oke; Udoka Arinze Chris Okafor; Chidiebele Petronilla Ojukwu; Adesola Odole; Francis Fatoye

Abstract

This cross-sectional study assessed Nigerian Physiotherapy students’ knowledge, attitudes and awareness of the roles of physiotherapy in the prevention and management of COVID-19.  Four hundred (400) Nigerian physiotherapy students responded to the survey via an electronic (WhatsApp) questionnaire. The survey revealed a high degree of COVID-19 awareness (98.3%) with the social media (83.3%), especially WhatsApp (70.8%), indicated as the. main source of information. 52% of the respondents exhibited a good level of knowledge of the virus, as well as anti-COVID-19 precautions and hygiene. The level of knowledge correlated with the participants’ ages; the final year (class v) had the highest knowledge score (40). While Nigerian physiotherapy students demonstrate a high level of awareness with regard to the virus and its transmission, the level of knowledge relating to physiotherapy roles in COVID-19 appears to be low.

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