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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129-135

Physicians' trust in health systems during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria

1 Department of Accident and Emergency, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Medicine, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
3 Department of Community Medicine, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
4 Department of Family Medicine, Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria
5 Department of Paediatrics, University of Nigeria, Faculty of Medical Sciences and University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria
6 Port Health Services, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos, Nigeria
7 Department of Paediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria
8 Department of Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Dabota Yvonne Buowari
Department of Accident and Emergency, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmwa.jmwa_13_21

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BACKGROUND: Trust in health systems is important in the practice of medicine and medical research. Healthcare workers including physicians need to have trust in healthcare systems during this COVID-19 pandemic. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: This is a cross-sectional study conducted in Nigeria among physicians practicing in Nigeria. The questionnaire used for this study was adapted from the World Health Organization Blue Print Novel Coronavirus Perceptions of healthcare workers regarding local infection prevention and control procedures for a COVID-19 research protocol. Participants were recruited online. RESULTS: The number of participants in this study was 302, with 195 (64.6%) being females. There was no statistical relationship between the socio-demographic data and trust in health facilities (P < 0.05). There was a significant relationship between trust in the health facility and the provision of clear accessible policies and protocols with regard to infection prevention and control, personal protective equipment and support (P = 0.003). There was no relationship between trust in health facilities and location of health facility, job role or gender. CONCLUSION: Clear accessible communication on policies and protocols, as well as the provision of personal protective equipment and support, would contribute greatly to trust in health facilities and the health system and can help curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

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