Role of the Media in Health-Related Awareness Campaigns on Perception of COVID-19: A Pre-post Study in the General Population of Pakistan

Rehman AU, Zakar R, Zakar MZ, Hani U, Wrona K, Fischer F (2021)
Frontiers in Public Health 9.

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Rehman, Atta Ur; Zakar, Rubeena; Zakar, Muhammad Zakria; Hani, Ume; Wrona, KamilUniBi ; Fischer, Florian
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Medical preparedness and community education are the most valuable preventive tools for combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. This study aims to assess the role of media public health awareness campaigns on the knowledge of the general population about COVID-19 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. A quantitative study using a pre-post design among 384 respondents was conducted. A structured questionnaire was administered to the participants twice: The first response (t1) from participants was filled in during the 1st week in February 2020 before any confirmed cases were reported in the country, and the second response (t2) was completed 1 month after the first case detection in Pakistan (March 2020). Media health awareness campaigns were launched just after the detection of the first case in Pakistan. Exposure to the media and knowledge relating to COVID-19 increased over time. Whereas, only a quarter of respondents judged the isolation of suspected cases in quarantine to be important to prevent the spread of infection in society att1, more than half did so att2. Socio-demographic characteristics were not significantly associated with knowledge (gains). However, more frequent use of electronic media is associated with greater knowledge gains fromt1tot2. The findings of this study provide evidence that awareness and knowledge related to COVID-19 symptoms and preventive measures increased significantly over time. The increased frequency of following the media indicates that health awareness campaigns are important for enhancing the knowledge of the general public regarding COVID-19.
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
Frontiers in Public Health
Band
9
eISSN
2296-2565
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2959011

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Rehman AU, Zakar R, Zakar MZ, Hani U, Wrona K, Fischer F. Role of the Media in Health-Related Awareness Campaigns on Perception of COVID-19: A Pre-post Study in the General Population of Pakistan. Frontiers in Public Health. 2021;9.
Rehman, A. U., Zakar, R., Zakar, M. Z., Hani, U., Wrona, K., & Fischer, F. (2021). Role of the Media in Health-Related Awareness Campaigns on Perception of COVID-19: A Pre-post Study in the General Population of Pakistan. Frontiers in Public Health, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.779090
Rehman, A. U., Zakar, R., Zakar, M. Z., Hani, U., Wrona, K., and Fischer, F. (2021). Role of the Media in Health-Related Awareness Campaigns on Perception of COVID-19: A Pre-post Study in the General Population of Pakistan. Frontiers in Public Health 9.
Rehman, A.U., et al., 2021. Role of the Media in Health-Related Awareness Campaigns on Perception of COVID-19: A Pre-post Study in the General Population of Pakistan. Frontiers in Public Health, 9.
A.U. Rehman, et al., “Role of the Media in Health-Related Awareness Campaigns on Perception of COVID-19: A Pre-post Study in the General Population of Pakistan”, Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 9, 2021.
Rehman, A.U., Zakar, R., Zakar, M.Z., Hani, U., Wrona, K., Fischer, F.: Role of the Media in Health-Related Awareness Campaigns on Perception of COVID-19: A Pre-post Study in the General Population of Pakistan. Frontiers in Public Health. 9, (2021).
Rehman, Atta Ur, Zakar, Rubeena, Zakar, Muhammad Zakria, Hani, Ume, Wrona, Kamil, and Fischer, Florian. “Role of the Media in Health-Related Awareness Campaigns on Perception of COVID-19: A Pre-post Study in the General Population of Pakistan”. Frontiers in Public Health 9 (2021).
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