• Users Online: 117
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-26

Challenges and mitigation strategies during contact tracing: Lessons learned in COVID-19-pandemic


1 Department of Community Medicine, AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 OC, SHO, Guwahati, Assam, India
3 DADH, Amritsar, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Suraj Kapoor
Department of Community Medicine, AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra
India
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jphpc.jphpc_29_21

Rights and Permissions

Introduction: Contact tracing can identify potentially infected individuals before severe symptoms emerge, and if conducted sufficiently quickly can prevent onward transmission from secondary cases. This study has been conducted to find challenges and mitigation strategies in contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methodology: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among health care professionals involved in contact tracing using an online questionnaire. The participants were asked about challenges faced during contact tracing and the usefulness of mitigation strategies. Results: A total of 302 health care professionals with a mean age of 34.69 ± 5 years participated in the study. Various strategies employed by agencies during contact tracing included measures to reduce stigma, community participation, and the use of digital tools and technology. Among the most common challenges faced by the study participants, 68% felt contacts being unreachable a major challenge, while 54.3% found difficulty in contact identification. Approximately 39% of doctors, 26% of nurses, and 17% of paramedical staff faced language/communication problems. Conclusion: Training health care professionals on the key aspects of contact tracing, the use of the latest technology, mitigation of stigma by health education may help in overcoming challenges during contact tracing in the COVID-19 pandemic.


[FULL TEXT] [PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed280    
    Printed6    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded20    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal