Perception and Attitude of Surgical Trainees in Nigeria to Trauma Care

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Perception and Attitude of Surgical Trainees in Nigeria to Trauma Care


JournalSurgery Research and Practice
Article typeJournal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – Feb – 2021
Authors – Onyedika Okoye , Emmanuel Ameh, and Emmanuel Ojo
KeywordsSurgical specialties, Surgical Trainees, trauma, Trauma Care
Open access – Yes
SpecialityCritical care, Emergency surgery, Surgical Education, Trauma surgery
World region Western Africa
Country: Nigeria
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on February 8, 2021 at 2:10 am
Abstract:

Background. Trauma is still the leading cause of death in individuals between the ages of 1 and 44 years. Establishment of good trauma centres and systems has been shown to have a significant positive impact on outcomes. Surgical specialties, particularly trauma, are becoming less attractive in different parts of the world for a variety of reasons. Aim.  The aim of this study is to ascertain the perception and attitude of future surgeons towards trauma care in Nigeria. Materials and methods. This is a cross-sectional study using a pretested, structured, paper-based questionnaire which was administered to consecutive surgical trainees at the annual revision course of West African College of Surgeons. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 12, and results are presented in tables and figures. Results. One hundred and fifty-seven questionnaires were adequately completed with a male-to-female ratio of 18 : 1 and median age of 30 years. There is a general agreement among the respondents that trauma incidence in Nigeria is high or very high. While about 70% of the respondents believe that the Nigerian trauma system is poorly planned, about 19% think it is nonexistent. 81 (53.7%) agree or strongly agree that managing trauma patients is too stressful. A good number, 116 (74.4%), strongly agree that having a separate dedicated trauma unit will improve care and outcome. While 82% of the surgical trainees support post fellowship training in trauma, only 62.2% will like to have the training. There is no significant difference between the proportion of males and females who would like to have the training. Conclusion. Surgical trainees in Nigeria have good perception and positive attitude towards trauma care. Primary prevention measures must be emphasized during surgical trainees’ training in trauma.

OSI Number – 20928

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