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Knowledge and attitude of retinopathy of prematurity among paediatricians in Nigeria

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First Author: O.Uhumwangho NIGERIA

Co Author(s):    Y. Israel-Aina                  0   0 0   0 0   0 0   0 0

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Purpose:

To determine the knowledge and attitude of paediatricians in Nigeria about retinopathy of prematurity

Setting:

A continuous professional development course in Nigeria

Methods:

A questionnaire was administered to paediatricians and residents in paediatrics attending a continuous professional development (CPD) course in Nigeria. Information on their knowledge of risk factors, screening guidelines and treatment modalities for Retinopathy of Prematurity was obtained

Results:

There were a total of 48 participants. The mean age of the participants was 35.3 ± 7.2 years; of which 25 (52.1%) were females. A majority, 46 (95.8%) knew some risk factors for Retinopathy of Prematurity. Fourteen (29.2%) participants knew the Retinopathy of Prematurity screening guidelines while 10 (20.8%) had partial knowledge of these guidelines. Knowledge on the use of laser as a treatment modality of Retinopathy of Prematurity was in 18 (37.5%) participants. The major reason given for not screening for Retinopathy of Prematurity was being unaware of a referral centre in 43 (89.6%) participants

Conclusions:

The majority of paediatricians attending a continuous professional development workshop in Nigeria though aware of the disease, Retinopathy of Prematurity are currently poorly informed on the management of this condition and the need for screening. There is need to enlighten paediatricians in Nigeria on Retinopathy of Prematurity as improvement in health care delivery can result in another “epidemic” of this treatable cause of blindness

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