In collaboration with the Palestine Academy of Science and Technology (PALAST), an article entitled "Attitudes and Satisfaction toward the Taken Procedures to Tackle the COVID-19 Pandemic in Palestine" has been published in the peer-reviewed open-access journal "Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences".
This cross-sectional survey was conducted in the Palestinian territories and distributed through the PALAST Facebook platform between April 29, 2020, and June 5, 2020.
This study was based on the initiative of Dr. Samer Abuzerr, who works in the Quality Improvement and Infection Control Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Health-Gaza Strip. He was a visiting researcher with the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal, Canada, under Professor Kate Zinzer supervision within the Palestinian Quebec Science Bridge Program. And in collaboration with Dr. Amirah A. Shaheen from the College of Public Health at An-Najah National University, the chair of the OWSD Palestine National Chapter.
It is worth mentioning that many Palestinian researchers from national and international academic institutions have contributed to conducting this valuable study as follows: Dr. Abdel Hamid El Bilbeisi (University of Palestine), Dr. Alshaarawi Salem (University of Minho, Portugal), Mr. Ali Aldirawi (Ministry of Health), Dr. Osama Emad (Ministry of Health), Dr. Ayman Al Haj Daoud (Palestine Academy for Science and Technology), Dr. Rima Naser (University of Minho, Portugal), and Dr. Kamal Eldeirawi (UIC College of Nursing, Chicago).
A total of 570 adults aged ≥18 years (56.3% males and 43.7% females) have participated in the current study. 258 were from the Gaza strip, 120 were from the West Bank, and 192 were from Jerusalem.
The mean positive attitude score (average % agree or strongly agree) was 94.22%; 95.24%, 95.18%, and 92.18% in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and East Jerusalem, respectively. While the mean satisfaction score was 44.26%, it was distributed as 47.16%, 46.1%, and 39.22% in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and East Jerusalem, respectively.
Accordingly, the study demonstrated suboptimal satisfaction levels with the procedures taken to tackle COVID-19 in Palestine. Our results constitute a call for action by the local authorities and community organizations to design interventions and programs to address the needs of people with disabilities and provide psychological support for residents, especially for families of those in the front lines. Providing psychological support and psychoeducation campaigns addressing the detrimental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health may reduce the psychological symptoms and stigma associated with the pandemic.
To view the entire study, please go to the following website