Revista Cubana de Medicina Tropical
versión On-line ISSN 1561-3054
IGLESIAS HERNANDEZ, Tania et al. Knowledge, perceptions and practice of dermatologists with respect to Giardia lamblia infection. Rev Cubana Med Trop [online]. 2010, vol.62, n.1, pp. 47-55. ISSN 1561-3054.
OBJECTIVE: to ascertain the level of knowledge, the perceptions and practice of dermatologists in the City of Havana with respect to Giardia lamblia infection. METHODS: with prior informed consent given by the dermatologists from the City of Havana, 50 dermatologists- a number very close to the universe of these experts in the province- were administered a survey of their knowledge, perceptions and practice about this parasitosis. The survey was prepared in 4 phases; that is, interviews to physicians on diagnosis, treatment and control of giardiasis; drafting of a preliminary questionnaire based on the interview results; submission of this instruments to the experts, and finally its validation through its application to a small group of physicians. RESULTS: it was evinced that the dermatologists in the City of Havana had poor knowledge about giardiasis, particularly its cutaneous manifestations (out of 19 questions on cognitive aspects, the correct answer mean was 10,18), inadequate perceptions on this disease and practice was not good. CONCLUSIONS: with the aim of mitigating these difficulties, some academic intervention is needed to make emphasis on the formative aspects related to parasitic diseases in general and giardiasis in particular.
Palabras llave : giardiasis; Giardia lamblia; extraintestinal manifestations; cutaneous manifestations; knowledge; perceptions and practice.