Appraisal of a Contact Tracing Training Program for COVID-19 in Greece Focusing on Vulnerable Populations

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Library of the School of Health Sciences
ΠΜΣ Παγκόσμια Υγεία-Ιατρική των Καταστροφών
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Zakynthinos Tilemachos
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Πικουλής Εμμανουήλ, Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Καραβοκυρός Ιωάννης, Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Γεωργόπουλος Σωτήριος, Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Original Title:
Εκτίμηση εκπαιδευτικού προγράμματος ιχνηλάτησης επαφών για COVID-19 στην Ελλάδα, εστιασμένο σε ευάλωτους πληθυσμούς
Translated title:
Appraisal of a Contact Tracing Training Program for COVID-19 in Greece Focusing on Vulnerable Populations
Background: Contact tracing as an epidemiological strategy has repeatedly contributed to the containment of various past epidemics and succeeded in controlling the spread of disease in the community. Systematic training of contact tracers is crucial in ensuring the effectiveness of epidemic containment. Methods: An intensive training course was offered to 216 health and other professionals who work with vulnerable population groups, such as Roma, refugees, and migrants in Greece, by the scientific team of the postgraduate programme “Global Health-Disaster Medicine” of the Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with the support of the Swiss embassy in Greece. The course was delivered online due to the pandemic restriction measures and was comprised of 16 h over 2 days. The course curriculum was adapted in Greek using, upon agreement, a similar training course to what was developed by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Evaluation of the course was conducted in order to determine the short term satisfaction from participating in this training course. Results: A total of 70% of the course participants completed the evaluation questionnaires and all trainers gave feedback on the course. The training modules were ranked as extremely useful by the majority of the participants and over 50% of the participants specifically stated that the course content was directly related to their work with vulnerable groups. Content about the ethics of contact tracing and the effective communication skills presented were deemed most useful. Conclusion: The course was well organized and provided the required skills for effective contact tracing. Many course participants intend to use some components in their work with vulnerable populations groups. Contact tracing efforts work best in a systematic and coordinated way and the provision of systematic and organized training can greatly increase its effectiveness.
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Health Sciences
COVID-19, Contact tracing, Training course, Vulnerable groups, Communication skills, Evaluation
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