:: Volume 10, Issue 5 (Special Issue on Educational Development 2011) ::
Iranian Journal of Medical Education 2011, 10(5): 525-532 Back to browse issues page
Effect of pre-conception care protocol on women's awareness
Shahla Shahidi , Pejman Aghdak, Minoo Izadi
, shahidi@mui.ac.ir
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Introduction:Pre conception care is set of care services to assess the risks for pregnancy, it provide training and diagnostic measures, therapeutic and pharmaceutical interventions for improving health woman. In addition to improving health and performing medical care in Pre conception care, main point is to empower individual to maintain their health through providing education and counseling. Therefore, according to recommendations presented in the guidelines, the protocol of Pre conception care was prepared. This study aimed to assess the Effect of this protocol on eligible women's awareness. Methods:This is a Field trial were performed in 1385 to 1386 in the Shahreza (one of the Isfahan cities). Four hundred eighty (480) married women aged 49-15 who referred to health units for getting family planning services referred to health units and were selected randomly. Study was designed in three stages. In the first stage in four health-centers (two urban and two rural centers) basic knowledge of study sample were determined. Protocol of pre- pregnancy care for all spacing women in case centers (a urban center and a rural center) was implemented. Then in the second and third stages (three and six months after implementation of the protocol) women’s awareness was measured again. Results (post Test and lasting knowledge test) in the case and control groups, also before, and after the protocol were compared. Data collection was done by a questionnaire. Validity of questionnaire was confirmed through expert opinion and reliability was confirmed through calculating Cronbach's Alpha (0.8). Data analysis was done by SPSS software using t-test. Results: Results showed that pre-pregnancy care protocol implementation leading to significant increasing of secondary awareness and lasting knowledge in case group (Respectively p<0/0007, p<0/001) Discussion:Since the implementation of the protocol will lead to increased awareness of mothers, health workers must try to implement these cares completely and properly.
Keywords: Preconception Consultation, Women in Reproductive Age, Knowledge
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Received: 2011/02/26 | Accepted: 2011/08/4 | Published: 2011/02/15

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