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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-27

The resurgence of leprosy in India: Findings from a survey assessing medical professionals' knowledge and preparedness

1 Department of Clinical Division, Central Leprosy Teaching and Research Institute, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
2 School of Information Technology, SRM University, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

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Dr. Pugazhenthan Thangaraju
Central Leprosy Teaching and Research Institute, Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram - 603 001, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_3_18

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Background: Sufficient knowledge regarding presentation, clinical features, and further workup of leprosy, a stigmatized disease, is essential for physicians and other health professionals to effectively control the disease. This study aimed to investigate the current knowledge of leprosy among health professionals in India. Materials and Methods: An online survey was administered to 200 health-care professionals. Results: One hundred and thirteen health professionals representing various sectors completed the survey. Only 24% of participants correctly answered items regarding the treatment of mild reactions of Type 1 reversal reaction and Type 2 erythema nodosum leprosum. In addition, only 38% of participants correctly answered an image-based item depicting a blister calendar pack used for treatment. Conclusion: The survey results indicate that medical professionals need more educational training to combat this once declared “eliminated” disease.

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