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New Emirates Medical Journal

Volume 1, 2 Issues, 2020
ISSN: 0250-6882 (Online)
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Knowledge and Perception of COVID-19 among Healthcare Professionals in the United Arab Emirates: A Cross-sectional Online Survey

Akshaya Srikanth Bhagavathula10000-0002-0581-7808, Abdullah Shehab2, *0000-0001-8533-9174
1 Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE
2 Department of Cardiology, Al Ain Hospital, Al Ain, UAE



During the first week of March, a large number of cases of COVID-19 were reported across the world including the UAE.


To assess the knowledge and perceptions of COVID-19 among HCPs in the UAE.


During the first week of March, a cross-sectional study was conducted among EMA HCPs. A 23-item survey questionnaire on knowledge and perceptions of COVID-19, including specific questions related to the different sources of information was used. Each correct response was scored as “1” and wrong as “0”. The sum of the knowledge scores ≤4 out of 7 was considered as poor knowledge and the sum of the perception scores (score >5 out of 7) as a positive perception.


A total of 353 HCPs completed the study and half of them were male (n=178; 50.4%), doctors (n=257;72.8%), and aged between 35-44 years (n=116; 32.9%). Although most of the participants were aware of COVID-19 (n=350; 99.2%), only a limited (n=168;47.6%) proportion of them got the opportunity to attend lectures/discussions related to COVID-19. Government websites (43.1%) and news bulletins (36%) were the primary sources for COVID-19 information. HCPs' knowledge about COVID-19 was found to be satisfactory (58.4%) and their perceptions were positive (78.5%).


As the number of COVID-19 cases is consistently increasing in the UAE, it is important to improve the level of knowledge and perceptions among HCPs. Educational interventions focusing on prevention and control of COVID-19 should be prioritized to empower HCPs in infectious disease outbreaks.

Keywords: COVID-19, Knowledge, Perception, Health care professionals, Questionnaire, United Arab Emirates.

Article Information

Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2020
Volume: 1
Issue: 2
First Page: 22
Last Page: 25
Publisher Id: nemj-1-22
DOI: 10.2174/0250688201999200713195408

Article History:

Electronic publication date: 15/07/2020
Collection year: 2020

© 2020 Bhagavathula and Shehab.

open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0), a copy of which is available at: ( This license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Abdullah Shehab
Emirates Cardiac Society
Emirates Medical Association

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