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How Belief system/ misinformation are effecting the healthcare services?

Research Team:

Amit Kumar | G Shankar | Abhishek Yadav | Kuldeep Panjri | Ranjana

Mentor Faculty: 

Hari Kishan Nallan (Chief Design Officer at Think Design)

Research Theme:

Healthcare Sector

Abstract

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been recognized as one of the fast spreading infectious outbreaks of the recent times. In such situations, assessing the knowledge concerning the myths of the disease is crucial. Hence, this study employs a rapid online survey and Interviews guided storytelling methodology to check the prevalence of myths concerning COVID-19 among a
convenient sample of Indian population, where age groups like 18-30 majorly focused.


A total of 91 respondents participated in the study. Demographic details along with the data regarding the myths of COVID-19 were collected and evaluated using 19 questions in a yes/no format, correct/incorrect, multiple check box selection and short answer. Low, medium and high score for the incorrect responses were calculated and compared based on demographic variables using pivot charts with X- variables, Y- variables and their sums, averages, percentages etc. in
Microsoft excel.


The low scorers are higher than who scores high in self assessment test, whereas Postgraduates participation were maximum in study than undergraduates and high school. Majorly, 18-30 years group engaged on Instagram, news channels, newspapers, WhatsApp as main sources of their COVID information. Only 2% approximately out of total respondents are aware with authenticated channels to perceive fact based information.


On the whole, 89% approximately, in which 22.17% are vulnerably affected with

myths/misinformation and other remaining of the medium scorer population had high levels of myths. Such kind of population should be included as part of the disease surveillance and campaigns by the public health authorities that might facilitate to alleviate the fear and anxiety among the general population.

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought

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Abstract

Concise summary of our main findings

Introduction

What we researched and Why

Literature Review

Other relevant research in this area

Methodology

What we did and how we did it

Conclusion 

Summary of results/ findings

Results & findings

What we found

Discussion 

Relevance of our results, how it fits with other research in the area

References & bibliography 

All references used in our research or referred to for background information

Research tools and their purposes 

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Systematic Reviews Methodology 

To make individual studies to one overview. If you ask us Why? we are doing...
then possibly it solves major chunks in literature review, when a group is
involved in reading and reviewing on particular chosen literature question/
topic. Majorly, it provides following benefits to adopt-

 

1. Makes complexity of information smooth
2. Increases precisions of estimates
3. Resolve discrepancies

Primary Research

By using this method, anyone can collect this information by himself/ herself.
It reduced the dependency on secondary research as literature review.
Reliability is more than secondary. Also, provides up to date information &
insights. Main objective to use this method:


1. To define intent
2. To know context
3. To know user
4. It help in framing insights
5. Best way to explore concepts
6. Easy to build plans
7. For smooth delivering

Questionnaires

Interview Guided 

Storytelling

Funnel Method

The top of the funnel starts with the information that’s easiest to collect, this could include your original observations and the score etc.. From there you filter the information further to decipher what is the most relevant to investigate further. Thereafter, you decide what information is important to transfer to your players.

Results and findings

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Improper medication due to lack of authentic knowledge

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Its been found that respondents are very much aware with their regular activities like kadha, but main cause are founded in taking up medication especially in choosing medicines like Antibiotics, multivitamins, antivirals, immune boosters etc.

Unaware with authenticated COVID 19 Channels

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More than half respondents aren’t aware about the information, that was strictly implemented or proposed by WHO and Government of India.

Unconfident respondents

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Majority of respondents scored medium and low, even low scorers are more than higher scorers. Averagely respondents are looked much unaware with myths/misinformation.

Least uses of authenticated platforms for COVID Information

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Instagram, Newspaper, News Channels are the most used platforms by respondents to get COVID information. Whereas, lest scorers prefers mostly, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Word of mouth. Also, Least uses of platforms like PIB, WHO, Govt. Websites by respondents.

Lack of connection between people & Institutions such as Govt.

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Respondents mostly get to know myths/misinformation through social channels but, most of the time they have struggled with Government, institutional counterpart. Due to lack of reach in
between respondents and institutions, Govt. channels etc.

Institutional Trust Issues

Respondents mostly get to know myths/misinformation through social channels but, most of the time they have struggled with Government, institutional counterpart. Due to lack of reach in
between respondents and institutions, Govt. channels etc.

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Lack of authenticated information on social platforms

Respondents mostly get to know myths/misinformation through social channels but, most of the time they have struggled with Government, institutional counterpart. Due to lack of reach in
between respondents and institutions, Govt. channels etc.

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