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Table 2 Physician survey test results before and after attending training

From: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Florida physicians regarding dengue before and after an educational intervention

Test responses mean (SD) Pre-test Post-test p-valuea
n = 231 n = 220
Overall mean number of questions correct 74.3 (14.1) 94.2 (8.7) <0.001
Knowledge Responses (% who correctly identified)
Background
 Type of organism that causes dengue is a virus 192/230 (83.5 %) 219/221 (99.1 %) <0.001
 Vector of the disease is a mosquito 227/229 (99.1 %) 221/221 (100 %) 0.16
 Infection with one serotype gives lifelong immunity to that serotype 197/224 (83.2 %) 201/215 (93.5 %) 0.05
 Intrinsic incubation period within the human 188/226 (83.2 %) 201/218 (92.2 %) <0.001
Diagnosis
 Cardinal feature distinguishing severe dengue from non-severe cases 60/220 (27.3 %) 198/218 (90.8 %) <0.001
 Timing of the critical phase in dengue 89/218 (40.8 %) 197/215 (91.6 %) <0.001
 Optimal timing to send sample for PCR laboratory diagnosis 132/213 (62.0 %) 178/209 (85.2 %) <0.001
Management
 Medication used for fever control in a suspected dengue patient 150/223 (67.3 %) 200/215 (93.0 %) <0.001
 Most appropriate treatment for a dengue patient 203/224 (90.6 %) 221/221 (100 %) <0.001
 Management of a suspected dengue patient with warning signs 205/224 (91.5 %) 210/219 (95.9 %) 0.06
 Fatality rate with proper recognition and early treatment 133/222 (59.9 %) 194/215 (90.2 %) <0.001
 Timing requirements for reporting to local health department 24/222 (10.8 %) 60/215 (27.9 %) <0.001
Attitudinal Responses (scale 0–10) Mean (SD)
 Level of confidence recognizing dengue cases (n = 216) 4.1 (2.9) 7.0 (2.1) <0.001
 Level of confidence treating dengue cases (n = 215) 3.9 (3.2) 7.2 (2.2) <0.001
 Relevance of dengue in their clinical practice (n = 215) 6.9 (2.8) 8.3 (1.9) <0.001
  1. aComparison using paired, Students t-test with an alpha set to 0.05