Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice Study of Kangaroo Mother Care Practices in a Tertiary Care Center: Does Knowledge Really Affect the Attitude and Practice?

Shrutin Shruti Bajaj, Ruchi Nanavati, Shraddha Sureka, Surabhi Rajan, Nandakishor Kabra, Ranjan Kumar Pejaver, Anil Raikar

Abstract

Background:

In spite of the well-known advantages of kangaroo mother care (KMC), there is resistance to the implementation of KMC at all levels.

Aim:

To study the knowledge, attitude, and practice in KMC implementation and the impact of knowledge on the attitude and practice of KMC

Materials and Methods:

A prestructured open-ended questionnaire was used in an interview of mothers providing KMC at a tertiary care center. The mothers were divided into 2 groups of high and low knowledge based on an arbitrary cut off of 60% for the knowledge score. The mothers’ response to these questions was marked according to a predetermined scoring system. The comparison of knowledge with attitude and knowledge with practice was performed using statistical analysis.

Results:

Of the 59 mothers, who met the inclusion criteria, 72.8% had high knowledge and majority of the mothers had a positive attitude about KMC. However, knowledge regarding KMC did not have a statistically significant bearing on the attitude and practice.

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