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Volume 2015, Issue 1
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Abstract

The study aimed to assess cold chain management status among health care professionals at primary health care centers (PHCCs) in Qatar. A cross-sectional design with pre-post intervention study was conducted in 21 PHCCs. A structured cold chain checklist was used to collect data regarding the status of cold chain management system in the centers before and after educational intervention. Prior to the intervention, six key criteria for cold chain management were present in all 21 PHCCs (100%), eight were present in >80%, another eight were present in 60–80%, while 13 were present in < 60%. Post intervention, these figures improved to 8, 13, 4, and 10 respectively. In Qatar, cold chain management system practices among primary health care workers were generally positive. These practices significantly improved following an educational intervention within the targeted primary health care centers. Therefore, it is recommended that all health care professionals working in PHCCs should receive mandatory cold chain management training prior to their initiation of clinical practice to ensure delivery of safe and effective vaccines in Qatar.

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Keyword(s): cold chain , immunization , PHC , primary health care center and Qatar
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