KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE(KAP) OF RESIDENT PHYSICIANS AT TIKUR ANBESA HOSPITAL ON PRECONCEPTIONAL CARE
Background: Pre conceptional care(PCC) is a general care provided to those planning pregnancy with goal of making future pregnancy and delivery safe. The aim of the study is to assess knowledge, attitude and practice of physicians in Tikur anbesa Specialized hospital(TASH) about PCC with the view of providing recommendations to optimize the uptake and delivery of the service.
Method: A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted among 156 internal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology(Ob-Gyn) residents of TASH and data was analyzed.
Result: Among the respondents 69.2% had good, 26.9% had moderate and 3.8% had poor knowledge about PCC. Ob-Gyn residents had significantly better knowledge about PCC than internal medicine residents. Of all the respondents 48.5% had positive, 43.8% had intermediate and only 7.7% had negative attitude towards PCC. Only 19.2% of them had good practice scores, whereas 42.3% had moderate and 38.5% had poor PCC practice scores.
Conclusion: Even though most residents had good knowledge and favorable attitude about PCC, the practice was poor. Efforts should be made by the concerned bodies to improve the practice of PCC through preparation of standardized program and guidelines to improve the practice.
Key words: pre conceptional care, KAP, Ethiopia
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