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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Knowledge, Attitude and Associated Factors Among Primary School Teachers Regarding Refractive Error in School Children in Gondar City, Northwest Ethiopia

AUTHOR:

Alemayehu AM, Belete GT, Adimassu NF

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

University of Gondar

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLICATION:

PLoS ONE

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The objective of the study was to determine knowledge, attitude and associated factors among primary school teachers regarding refractive error in school children in Gondar city, Ethiopia.

  • A total of 565 participated in this study with a mean age of 42.05 ± 12.01 years, of which 55.9% had good knowledge and 57.2% had favorable attitude towards refractive error.

  • History of spectacle use [AOR = 2.13 (95% CI: 1.32, 3.43)], history of eye examination [AOR = 1.67 (95% CI: 1.19, 2.34)], training on eye health [AOR = 1.94 (95% CI; 1.09, 3.43)] and 11–20 years of experience [AOR = 2.53 (95% CI: 1.18, 5.43)] were positively associated with knowledge.

  • Whereas being male [AOR = 2.03 (95% CI: 1.37, 3.01)], older age [AOR = 3.05 (95% CI: 1.07, 8.72)], 31–40 years of experience [AOR = 0.23 (95% CI: 0.07, 0.72)], private school type [AOR = 1.76 (95% CI: 1.06, 2.93)] and 5th-8th teaching category [AOR = 1.54 (95% CI: 1.05, 2.24)] were associated with attitude.

  • The study concluded that knowledge and attitude of primary school teachers were low which needs training about the refractive error.