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Coverage of Health Information by Different Sources in Communities: Implication for COVID-19 Epidemic Response

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Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
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Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS), The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4102, Australia
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Vietnam Young Physicians’ Association, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Institute for Global Health Innovations, Duy Tan University, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam
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Faculty of Medicine, Duy Tan University, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam
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Center of Excellence in Evidence-Based Medicine, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh 700000,Vietnam
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School of Medicine, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD 4111, Australia
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Centre for Applied Health Economics (CAHE), Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD 4111, Australia
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Department of Pharmacy, Dai Nam University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Demography and Medical statistics, Faculty of Public Health, Danang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam
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Department of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh 700000, Vietnam
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Department of Internal Medicine, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Respiratory Center, Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119228, Singapore
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Institute for Health Innovation and Technology (iHealthtech), National University of Singapore, Singapore 119077, Singapore
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Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore 119074, Singapore
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3577; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103577
Received: 22 April 2020 / Revised: 7 May 2020 / Accepted: 13 May 2020 / Published: 20 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 Global Threat: Information or Panic)
Health personnel and community workers are at the front line of the COVID-19 emergency response and need to be equipped with adequate knowledge related to epidemics for an effective response. This study aimed to identify the coverage of COVID-19 health information via different sources accessed by health workers and community workers in Vietnam. A cross-sectional study using a web-based survey was carried out from January to February 2020 in Vietnam. Respondent-driven sampling (RDS) was used for recruiting participants. We utilized the exploratory factor analysis (EFA) to examine the construct validity of the questionnaire. A higher percentage of participants knew about “Clinical and pathogen characteristics of COVID-19”, compared to “Regulations and policies related to COVID-19”. The percentage of participants accessing the information on “Guidelines and policies on prevention and control of COVID-19” was the lowest, especially among medical students. “Mass media and peer-educators” channels had a higher score of accessing COVID-19 information, compared to “Organizations/ agencies/ associations” sources. Participants consumed most of their COVID-19 information via “Internet, online newspapers, social networks”. Our findings indicate an urgency to re-design training programs and communication activities for a more effective dissemination of information related to the COVID-19 epidemic or epidemics in general. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; health communication; social networks; Vietnam COVID-19; health communication; social networks; Vietnam
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Tran, B.X.; Dang, A.K.; Thai, P.K.; Le, H.T.; Le, X.T.T.; Do, T.T.T.; Nguyen, T.H.; Pham, H.Q.; Phan, H.T.; Vu, G.T.; Phung, D.T.; Nghiem, S.H.; Nguyen, T.H.; Tran, T.D.; Do, K.N.; Truong, D.V.; Vu, G.V.; Latkin, C.A.; Ho, R.C.M.; Ho, C.S.H. Coverage of Health Information by Different Sources in Communities: Implication for COVID-19 Epidemic Response. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3577. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103577

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Tran BX, Dang AK, Thai PK, Le HT, Le XTT, Do TTT, Nguyen TH, Pham HQ, Phan HT, Vu GT, Phung DT, Nghiem SH, Nguyen TH, Tran TD, Do KN, Truong DV, Vu GV, Latkin CA, Ho RCM, Ho CSH. Coverage of Health Information by Different Sources in Communities: Implication for COVID-19 Epidemic Response. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(10):3577. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103577

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Tran, Bach X., Anh K. Dang, Phong K. Thai, Huong T. Le, Xuan T.T. Le, Toan T.T. Do, Tu H. Nguyen, Hai Q. Pham, Hai T. Phan, Giang T. Vu, Dung T. Phung, Son H. Nghiem, Thu H. Nguyen, Trung D. Tran, Khanh N. Do, Dat V. Truong, Giap V. Vu, Carl A. Latkin, Roger C.M. Ho, and Cyrus S.H. Ho 2020. "Coverage of Health Information by Different Sources in Communities: Implication for COVID-19 Epidemic Response" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 10: 3577. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103577

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