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KNOWLEDGE AND REPORTED PRACTICE OF ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITIZER USE AMONG THE ELDERLY DURING COVID -19 IN SELECTED DISTRICTS OF KERALA
Harsha Vijay*, Thanooja M., Anjana K. Achari and Amrutha Vijayan
Objective: To assess the knowledge and reported practice of alcohol-based hand sanitizer use among elderly population and to prepare information leaflet on the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Methods: A quantitative study was conducted among elderly population above 65 years who were residing in selected districts of Kerala. Samples of 45 elders were selected using convenience sampling. Socio demographic data were collected followed by the assessment of reported practice using a checklist with 30 responses. The knowledge regarding the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer were assessed using questionnaire with 21 questions. The data wereanalyzedusing Frequency distribution and percentage based on Socio-demographic variables by descriptive statistics and chi square test were used to find the association between knowledge and attitude regarding alcohol-based sanitizer use with selected socio-demographic variables. Results: Among 45 elders, 22 (48.9%) had average knowledge and 20 (44.4%) had good knowledge regarding the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Majority (91.1%) of the elderlyexhibited ideal practice of alcohol-based sanitizer use. There is a statistically significant association between knowledge regarding alcohol-based sanitizer use with the age of the elderly (p=0.003) and economic status (p= 0.02). Conclusion: Present study suggests that knowledge regarding the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer were average and good among elderly population. Most of the elderly were using alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the ideal way of using it, including the general aspects, steps of usage and movements of the use. The study also facilitated the researcher to recognize the role of sanitizers in the current pandemic situation which can be included into the day-to-day activities.[Full Text Article]