Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
MUSSI, Thaís Virgínia Felício; TRALDI, Maria Cristina and TALARICO, Juliana Nery de Souza. Knowledge as a factor in vulnerability to tuberculosis among nursing students and professionalsEl conocimiento como factor de vulnerabilidad a la tuberculosis entre estudiantes y profesionales de enfermería. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.3, pp. 696-703. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000300023.
The objective of this study was to identify vulnerability to tuberculosis (TB) related to knowledge about the disease among 76 nursing students and professionals. A quantitative descriptive study was conducted using a closed questionnaire for the collection of data regarding transmission, preventive and biosafety measures, diagnosis, and prejudice regarding the disease. The SAS software version 9.1.3 was used for data analysis, with the level of significance set at 5% (p < 0.05). Nursing students and professionals showed a vulnerability to TB related to knowledge about transmission, preventive and biosafety measures, and diagnosis of the disease. With respect to transmission, vulnerability was higher among nursing professionals. The results indicate the need for investment by healthcare institutions surrounding this topic in view of the important role of nursing in the establishment of strategies for prevention and control of the disease.
Keywords : Tuberculosis; Vulnerability; Nursing; Communicable disease prevention.