Title: Medical waste management among healthcare workers: the use of educational diagnosis phase in the precede planning model among healthcare workers in south of Iran

Authors: Ahmad Badeenezhad; Masoumeh Alidosti; Maryam Changizi

Addresses: Department of Environmental Health Engineering, School of Paramedical, Behbahan Faculty of Medical Sciences, Behbahan, Iran ' Student Research Committee, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran ' Abadan Faculty Medical Sciences, Abadan, Iran

Abstract: Management of medical wastes is considered as an important issue. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the management behaviour and disposal of medical wastes and its relationship with the factors affecting this event. This analytical cross-sectional study was performed on 200 workers in all healthcare centres and hospitals in south of Iran, Shushtar City. The data gathering tool was a five-point researcher-made. Data were analyzed using the SPSS22. The correlation between the behaviour and the model constructs showed that the performance is influenced by the enabling and reinforcing factors (p-value < 0.001). Regression analysis showed that independent variables predict 30% of the variance of biomedical waste management behaviour. It seems that by planning to facilitate the barriers and allocate facilities and enhance the skills of personnel, but further research is needed.

Keywords: PRECEDE-PROCEED planning model; medical waste management; behaviour; healthcare workers.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2021.112951

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2021 Vol.27 No.2, pp.201 - 210

Received: 06 Feb 2019
Accepted: 29 Aug 2019

Published online: 15 Dec 2020 *

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