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Title: How do laboratory technicians perceive their role in the tuberculosis diagnostic process? A crosssectional study among laboratory technicians in health centers of central Java Province, Indonesia
Authors: Bagoes Widjanarko
Dyah Anantalia Widyastari
Martini Martini
Praba Ginandjar
Universitas Diponegoro
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 6-Sep-2016
Citation: Psychology Research and Behavior Management. Vol.9, (2016), 237-246
Abstract: © 2016 Widjanarko et al. Purpose: Detection of acid-fast bacilli in respiratory specimens serves as an initial pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis. Laboratories are the essential and fundamental part of all health systems. This study aimed to describe how laboratory technicians perceived their own self and work. This included perceived self-efficacy, perceived role, perceived equipment availability, perceived procedures, perceived reward and job, and perceived benefit of health education, as well as level of knowledge and attitudes related to work performance of laboratory technicians. Methods: This was a cross-sectional quantitative study involving 120 laboratory technicians conducted in Central Java. Interviews and observation were conducted to measure performance and work-related variables. Results: Among 120 laboratory technicians, 43.3% showed fairly good performance. They complied with 50%–75% of all procedures, including sputum collection, laboratory tools utilization, sputum smearing, staining, smear examination, grading of results, and universal precaution practice. Perceived role, perceived self-efficacy, and knowledge of laboratory procedures were significantly correlated to performance, besides education and years of working as a laboratory technician. Perceived equipment availability was also significantly correlated to performance after the education variable was controlled. Conclusion: Most of the laboratory technicians believed that they have an important role in TB patients’ treatment and should display proper self-efficacy in performing laboratory activities. The result may serve as a basic consideration to develop a policy for enhancing motivation of laboratory technicians in order to improve the TB control program.
ISSN: 11791578
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2016-2017

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