Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Title: Knowledge on midwifery care among nurses working at primary health centers in order to develop a learning module
Biography: Mallika Rajadurai
Statement of the Problem: India has 27 Million births per year; with its high maternal mortality of about 75000-50,000 maternal deaths occur every year in India. Reduction of maternal mortality is crucial. It is also a need for achieving the Millennium Development Goal 5(MDG 5). One way to tackle this problem is to have Skilled Birth Attendant at the time of delivery by training a cadre of people. This was an effort of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The knowledge on midwifery care is essential for nurses to practice safe maternal and newborn care. Therefore, the investigator designed this study in order to assess the knowledge on midwifery care among nurses in PHC in order to develop a teaching module for skilled birth.
Methodology: Survey approach and non-experimental descriptive design was used for this study. The participants of the study were 300 nurses working in 28 primary health centers of Thoothukudi Health Unit district, Tamil Nadu, India using convenient sampling. The nurses included were staff nurses, VHN and ANMs. The knowledge of nurses was assessed using a self-administered questionnaire with 50 multiple-choice questions.
Results: From 300 nurses, the majority of nurses have inadequate knowledge 296 (98.7%) and 4 (1.3%) nurses had moderately adequate knowledge in midwifery care.
Conclusion: The investigator had developed a teaching module as an outcome of the study on management of general obstetrics and newborn care including lifesaving obstetric care. This was validated by experts and will be utilized.
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