Objective: To determine the effectiveness of an educational intervention in the identification of respiratory symptoms by health workers
Method: Quasi-experimental study with 100 health workers (doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and nursing assistants) from a Colombian hospital institution, selected by convenience sampling. A virtual educational intervention was carried out for 2 months and a pre- and post-intervention evaluation was carried out through a structured and self-completed questionnaire in Google forms. A descriptive analysis and the comparison of the variables of interest were used using the McNemar, Wilcoxon and T-student tests.
Results: The level of knowledge about tuberculosis and the search for respiratory symptoms increased by 6.15% after the educational intervention (p<0.001). Significant changes were found in all items of attitudes and practices, except for the use of the surgical mask when in contact with a patient with tuberculosis, which decreased after the intervention (p<0.001).
Conclusions: The educational intervention was effective in increasing knowledge, attitudes and practices and could be used to improve the ability of health workers to identify respiratory symptoms.