Confidence in managing human monkeypox cases in Asia: A cross-sectional survey among general practitioners in Indonesia

Harapan, Harapan and Setiawan, Abdul M. and Yufika, Amanda and Anwar, Samsul and Wahyuni, Sri and Asrizal, Febrivan W. and Sufri, Muhammad R. and Putra, Reza P. and Wijayanti, Nanda P. and Salwiyadi, Salwiyadi and Maulana, Razi and Khusna, Afriyani and Nusrina, Ina and Shidiq, Muhammad and Fitriani, Devi and Muharrir, Muharrir and Husna, Cut A. and Yusri, Fitria and Maulana, Reza and Utomo, Prattama S. and Andalas, Mohd and Wagner, Abram L. and Mudatsir, Mudatsir (2020) Confidence in managing human monkeypox cases in Asia: A cross-sectional survey among general practitioners in Indonesia. Acta Tropica. ISSN 0001-706X

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The current re-emergence of human monkeypox (HMPX) is a global concern for endemic and non-endemic countries, but healthcare workers in some regions, like Asia, have less experience with identifying and treating HMPX cases. This study aimed to assess the confidence and its predictors in HMPX case management among general practitioners (GPs), the frontline doctors in Indonesia, and to explore their perspectives on HMPX. Between May and July 2019, GPs in Indonesia completed an online-based survey. The questionnaire collected information on GPs’ confidence, perspective, sociodemographic, workplace and professional characteristics, exposure to HMPX information and knowledge on HMPX. A logistic regression analysis was employed to explore the explanatory variables influencing the confidence and the perspective. We included 395 GPs in our analysis (77.4% out of 510 responses received) of which 10.1% and 34.9% were classified having good confidence using an 80% and 70% cut-off for confidence score, respectively. In the adjusted analysis, receiving information about HMPX during medical training was the only variable significantly associated with good confidence (adjusted odds ratio 2.74, 95% confidence interval 1.57 to 4.78 and p < 0.001). Approximately 73.6% and 77.9% of GPs agreed that HMPX is an important infectious disease and it has potential to detrimentally impact the Indonesian economy, respectively. In addition, 88.8% of GPs suggested that the disease should be incorporated into the National Medical Curriculum of Indonesia. In conclusion, in case of HMPX outbreak, majority of the GPs in Indonesia seem to be less confident in diagnosing and treating cases, using their current knowledge, skills and their workplace facilities. Therefore, a systematic strategy to improve their confidence in managing HMPX is required.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: dr. Sri Wahyuni, M.Sc.
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2020 02:28
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2020 02:28

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