Background: Globally, training is the way to increase the knowledge to prevent COVID-19 in resident physicians.
Methods: We conducted an interventional study, not randomized, with baseline measurement and without a control group (before and after study) from April to September 2020; we evaluate the results of a training program in a group of resident physicians, on their self-perception of the ability to face an epidemiological contingency, as well as their willingness to work in these circumstances. The data were statistically evaluated with the chi-square and Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney tests. A p value less than 0.05 was considered statistically significant. The study was approved by the Hospital's research ethics committee.
Results: In the baseline survey, the self-perceived qualification in the management of epidemics by influenza, Ebola and COVID-19 was failing (average of 5.5, 4.5 and 3, respectively. The average of the post-training evaluation was 7.1, 6.6 and 7, respectively, being significant only for COVID-19 (p <0.05).
Conclusion: The training improved the level of knowledge of resident doctors in epidemics management, particularly COVID-19.
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