Indian Journal of Hematology and Blood Transfusion

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 374–377 | Cite as

Knowledge of Transfusion Medicine Among Resident Doctors in Clinical Specialities: A Cross-Sectional Study from a Tertiary Care Centre

  • Joseph PhilipEmail author
  • Sudeep Kumar
  • T. Chatterjee
  • R. S. Mallhi
Original Article


Knowledge of transfusion medicine (TM) has profound impact on transfusion outcomes. Variations from the standards in practices of TM may jeopardize patient care. We assessed the awareness of TM in resident doctors. Our aims was to assess the essential knowledge of TM among resident doctors. The study was carried in a tertiary care hospital. It was a descriptive cross- sectional study using a self-administered, questionnaire comprising of 35 items which was developed to assess the essential knowledge of TM for resident doctors. A total of 85 residents responded from various clinical specialties. Statistical analysis used: Results of correct response were put as Mean ± SD using SPSS. Survey revealed an overall mean score of 48.53 % for correct responses. Lowest knowledge score of 32.94 % was found for blood bank procedures. The differences between the knowledge of residents from various specialities were not statistically significant. Our study shows that majority of resident doctors have inadequate knowledge of TM. More studies are required from different parts of the country to create data on this issue. The implementation of two weeks training for all residents from clinical specialties in TM department will improve the situation and help to connect our clinician to TM better.


Resident doctors Questionnaire Transfusion medicine Knowledge deficit 


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© Indian Society of Haematology & Transfusion Medicine 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Philip
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sudeep Kumar
    • 1
  • T. Chatterjee
    • 1
  • R. S. Mallhi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Immunohematology and Blood TransfusionAFMCPuneIndia

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