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Table 2 Frequency distribution of VHT responses to key KAP questions

From: Exploring knowledge and attitudes toward non-communicable diseases among village health teams in Eastern Uganda: a cross-sectional study

Question Question type Responses N (%)
General Knowledge and Attitudes related to NCDs
 A non-communicable disease is one that cannot be spread between people Knowledge Yes- 64 (94.1)
 Non-communicable diseases are common amongst Ugandans Attitude In agreement 56 (82.4)
In disagreement 12 (17.6)
Nuanced Knowledge about specific NCDs
High Blood Pressure- HBP
 How much do you know about high blood pressure? Knowledge Nothing or only heard the term before 10 (14.7)
A little about it 48 (70.6)
Familiar with it 10 (14.7)
Cardiovascular disease- CVD
 How much do you know about heart diseases? Knowledge Nothing or only heard the term before 23 (33.8)
A little about it 42 (61.8)
Familiar with it 3 (4.4)
 How much do you know about stroke? Knowledge Nothing or only heard the term before 27 (39.7)
A little about it 36 (52.9)
Familiar with it 5 (7.4)
 In general, do you think cardiovascular diseases are becoming more or less common in Uganda? Knowledge (perceived) More common 61 (89.7)
Less common 4 (5.9)
Don’t know 3 (4.4)
Diabetes- DM
 How much do you know about diabetes? Knowledge Nothing or only heard the term before 16 (23.6)
A little about it 43 (63.2)
Familiar with it 9 (13.2)
 Diabetes is when there is too much sugar in the blood
 Diabetes complications include:
 Loss of sensation to the feet
 Damage to the heart
 Blindness
 Diabetes can be prevented
Knowledge In agreement 53 (77.9)
In agreement 34 (50.0)
In agreement 43 (64.2)
In agreement 46 (67.6)
In agreement 32 (47.1)
Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on NCD Behavioral Risk Factors
Smoking
 Does active smoking affect your health? Knowledge Yes 68 (100)
 Does smoking harm your lungs? Knowledge Yes 68 (100)
 Does smoking harm your heart? Knowledge Yes 55 (80.9)
 Do you think smoking around others could harm their health? Knowledge (Perceived) Yes 66 (97.1)
 As a VHT member, do you talk to community members about the harms of smoking? Practice Sometimes or Always 56 (82.4)
Never 12 (17.6)
Alcohol Use
 In general, when Ugandans drink alcohol, they tend to drink large amounts at once. Attitude In agreement 60 (88.2)
In disagreement 8 (11.8)
 On which occasions would Ugandans drink large amounts of alcohol? Knowledge (perceived) At celebration 45 (66.2)
After receiving income 43 (63.2)
No special reason 40 (58.8)
With friends/family 37 (54.4)
As a customary act 23 (33.8)
 Have you ever advised community members about the harms of drinking alcohol? Practice Yes 57 (83.8)
No 11 (16.2)
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