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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 228-231

Effectiveness on knowledge about computer vision syndrome among medical coding trainee in medical coding training institute in urban Chennai, Tamil Nadu – A cross- sectional study

1 Department of Community Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Center, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (CARE), Kelambakkam, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Meenakshi Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research (MAHER), Kanchipuram, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Sivagangai Government Medical College and Hospital, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Gopinath T Thiruvalluvan
Department of Community Medicine, Meenakshi Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu - 631552
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1151_20

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Context: Electronic devices, laptops, tablets, ipad and smart phones are an integral part of one's life both in work and personal space. Excessive usage of these devices had led to health-related problems of which computer vision syndrome (CVS) is at risk of becoming a major public health issue. Aims: Our study aimed to assess the pre-test and post-test level of knowledge regarding CVS among the medical coding trainees and also to determine the effectiveness (Video Teaching Programme) of knowledge about the CVS among them. Methods and Material: After obtaining ethical committee clearance using universal sampling method 480 medical coding trainees working in a firm was included in this study. A structured questionnaire was used to interview and a video teaching programme was given between the pre and post-test sessions for about 45 minutes regarding the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome. Results: The level of knowledge about CVS among medical coding trainees in the pre-test and post-test was 280 (58.3%) and 8 (1.7%) had inadequate knowledge, respectively. With regards to adequate level of knowledge 24 (3%) and 328 (68.3%) had in pre-test and post-test phase, respectively. The comparison of knowledge shows a very good improvement among the medical coding trainees which was significant (p < 0.001). Conclusions: The study highlights health education as an important factor in increasing the knowledge. From a primary care point of view, knowledge regarding CVS helps in differentiating and addressing the ocular symptoms, headache and shoulder pain symptoms of other aetiology if history is elicited properly.

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