Respiratory Protection Perceptions among Malian Health Workers: Insights from the Health Belief Model.
AuthorHines, Stella E
Mueller, Nora M
Molina Ochoa, Diego
McDiarmid, Melissa A
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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AbstractReusable respiratory protective devices called elastomeric respirators have demonstrated their effectiveness and acceptability in well-resourced healthcare settings. Using standard qualitative research methods, we explored the feasibility of elastomeric respirator use in low-and middle-income countries (LMIC). We conducted interviews and focus groups with a convenience sample of health workers at one clinical center in Mali. Participants were users of elastomeric and/or traditional N95 respirators, their supervisors, and program leaders. Interview transcripts of participants were analyzed using a priori constructs from the Health Belief Model (HBM) and a previous study about healthcare respirator use. In addition to HBM constructs, the team identified two additional constructs impacting uptake of respirator use (system-level factors and cultural factors). Together, these framed the perceptions of Malian health workers and highlighted both facilitators of and barriers to respirator use uptake. As needs for respiratory protection from airborne infectious hazards become more commonly recognized, elastomeric respirators may be a sustainable and economic solution for health worker protection in LMIC. © 2022 by the authors.
Keywordcommunity and public health
health care work environment
immunization and infection prevention
interprofessional health care
quality of care
Identifier to cite or link to this itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/18227
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