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Abstract

ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES OF PARAMEDICAL STAFF REGARDING DRUGS ADDICTION IN BAGHDAD CITY/ IRAQ

Assistant Teacher. Shymaa H. Najm, MSc*, Assistant Teacher Entsar Khleel

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Objectives: To determine the level of Attitude and practice regarding drugs addiction among paramedical staff; and to identify the association between the level of Attitude and practice and their sociodemographic variable. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was Conducted in Baghdad on Staff for the period from 1st June, 2016 to 30th September, 2016. The sample included 510 Health professionals. There are 9 sectors in center of Baghdad, 5 of them in Al- Kurkh side of the city and 4 in Al-Russafa side. The sample was selected from 49 primary health care centers and 8 public hospitals through a multistage sample using a simple random sampling technique. The information was collected through the design of a questionnaire whose stability and reliability were determined. Data analysis was done using descriptive and indicative descriptive statistical methods. Results: The results of the examination demonstrated that 21.8% of the health staff in the age group (40- 44) were the majority of the study sample for males (51.2%) and about (85.9%) of the married while the majority (87.1% Of the city's population. The educational level was the majority of graduates of medical institutes (62.4%). No significant association was found between level of education and Attitude and practice about drug addiction for paramedical staff. No significant association had been found between gender, marital status, and residence with Attitude and practice about drug addiction for paramedical staff. Recommendations: Paramedical staff might be needed to adhere to educational programs and national training as intensive courses for short period, about of drug addiction. And national education programs about drug addiction to prevent constructed and presented to the public through the collaboration between the health authority and society association and non-governmental organizations.

Keywords: Attitude, practice, Drug Addiction, Paramedical Staff.


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