Dataset for Effective Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) basic training for improving healthcare worker Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) in resource-limited settings

Published: 19 February 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/m68gwfnfcc.1
Lufunda Lukama,
, Charles Michelo,


This data assessed: 1. the knowledge, attitudes and practice (KAP) of healthcare workers (HCWs) with regard to basic Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) disease management, and 2. the effect of basic ENT disease management training on the KAP of the same cohort of HCWs. A physical training workshop was conducted, preceded by a pre-training survey, and followed by immediate and five-month post-training assessments of KAP. The training significantly improved HCWs' KAP related to ENT disease management, supporting the importance of targeted, sustainable training interventions in resource-limited settings. In assessing knowledge, each correct response scored one, an incorrect or 'I do not know' response scored zero, and the percentage of correct responses to questions was recorded. Knowledge was categorized using Bloom's cut-off point. In evaluating participant attitudes, except for the statements 'I feel discussing patients for referral with the receiving doctor is unnecessary in Zambia' and 'I feel ENT conditions are difficult to assess, diagnose and manage, HCWs' strong agreement with a statement was considered excellent attitude, agreement considered good attitude, disagreement as poor attitude and strong disagreement as very poor attitude. For analysis purposes, excellent attitude was assigned a value of 100, good attitude a value of 75, poor attitude a value of 50, and very poor attitude a value of 25. The two exceptions had opposite considerations in terms of the style of questioning. Regarding practices, the proportions of participants in agreement with each statement and practicing a stated task were calculated, as were the percentage of participants with access to diagnostic and treatment aids.


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Data abstraction and collection used a pre-validated questionnaire which was checked for reliability and internal consistency. The questionnaire included questions addressing the Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices. Statements assessing attitudes and beliefs were categorized on a 4-point Likert scale as 'strongly agree,' 'agree,' 'disagree,' and 'strongly disagree.' In contrast, those assessing practices were categorized as 'all the time,' 'some of the time,' 'hardly ever,' and 'never.'


University of Global Health Equity, University of KwaZulu-Natal


Otorhinolaryngology, Medical Training, Ear Nose and Throat Disease, Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Survey


Canon Collins Education Trust

College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Copperbelt Provincial Health Office, Zambia