Archive \ Volume.5 2014 Issue 2

AWARENESS OF POINT OF CARE TESTING (POCT) AMONG JUNIOR RESIDENTS OF MEDICAL COLLEGE

K. Sivakumar , R. Thamarai and Ganga
Abstract

Assessment of knowledge about Point of Care Testing (POCT) among junior residents is very important since the majority of patients admitted in the hospital have underlying disorders which could lead to adverse clinical outcomes if not managed immediately. The main are objectives to evaluate the awareness and the knowledge related to applications of POCT among junior residents of medical college. This was a cross sectional study with questionnaire survey which includes sample size of 100 junior residents and they were provided with a list of questions aimed at evaluating their knowledge about POCT. The questions were grouped under different headings to elicit the response of POCT. The sum of correct answers was taken to classify the respondents. The junior doctors who responded correctly for up to 5 questions were assigned level 1 (poor), from 6 to 9: level 2 (average), from 10 to 14: level 3 (good), while those who marked correct answers to more than 14 questions were assigned level 4 (excellent). These findings pose the question of whether it is time for a rethink of the current approach to POCT education among junior residents.


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