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AHEPA-Backed Covid-19
Research in Greece
A FINAL PROGRESS REPORT
DR. THEOKLIS ZAOUTIS AND THE CLEO TEAM
Background
AHEPA announced a $30,000 donation to the Center for
Epidemiology and Outcomes Research (CLEO), an Athens-based
research center, to support the public health of the people of
Greece in response to the coronavirus pandemic on April 27,
2020. The donation supported CLEO's effort to boost the health
system response to COVID-19 in Greece through healthcare
worker (HCW) training and novel research in the readiness of the
hospitals and health centers to manage COVID-19 and the uptake
of measures by HCWs at hospitals.
New study examines the knowledge, attitudes, and practices
of healthcare workers regarding COVID-19 and preventative measures
in Greek hospitals.
As May 12, 2021, there have been over 150 million confirmed
cases of COVID-19, including over 3 million deaths reported
(WHO COVID-19 dashboard, 2021). Greece has confirmed
367,076 cases of COVID-19 with 11,141 deaths (WHO COVID-19
dashboard: Greece, 2021) since the start of the pandemic.
At the start of the pandemic, CLEO, in collaboration with the
Greek Ministry of Health (MoH), designed and delivered training
to HCWs in some of the first " COVID-19 centers " established
nationally on the Principles and Best Practices of Infection
Prevention and Control (IPC). CLEO also developed a tool to
support the MoH to evaluate the implementation of COVID-19
measures at hospitals that were providing diagnostic services
and treatment for COVID-19 by assessing their level of COVID-19
readiness. Toward the end of the first wave of the pandemic, the
audit tool was used in 117 hospitals across Greece's seven health
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districts, recording a total of 673 responses on general hospital
management and 3,454 responses on the practices of HCWs. At
the start of the second wave, in early October, CLEO adjusted
this audit tool to primary healthcare centers which by then also
started providing front-line diagnosis and treatment to suspected
COVID-19 cases.
" THE STUDY REVEALED SEVERAL KNOWLEDGE
GAPS AMONG HCWS ABOUT THE
CORRECT METHODS AND TIMING PREVENTATIVE
MEASURES AGAINST COVID-19 IN
THE HOSPITAL. "
Like elsewhere, frontline HCWs have truly been the backbone
of the health system response, directly managing COVID19,
helping to diagnose and treat COVID-19 suspected and confirmed
cases. Due to their very position and frequent contact with
patients, however, HCWs make one of the most highly exposed
groups, not only at risk of contracting the virus themselves, but
also at risk to further transmit it. There are numerous measures
known to prevent COVID-19 transmission in healthcare facilities,
from standard infection control practices like regular hand washing,
and physical distancing, ensuring good room ventilation and
waste management, and using Personal Protective Equipment
(PPE) in the correct way, to adopting clear guidelines on how to
manage patients, how to support suspected cases, and what to do
if exposed. However, in a time of crisis, when rapid change and
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