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



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


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.


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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