Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards Kangaroo Mother Care

  • Rakesh Kumar Shah Kathmandu Medical College, Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Nayan Kamal Sainju Kathmandu Medical College, Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Sunil Kumar Joshi Kathmandu Medical College, Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Abstract

Background: Kangaroo mother care is an effective and low cost technique which prevents neonate from hypothermia, a leading cause of preventable neonatal mortality. Knowledge and practice of Kangaroo mother care is of utmost importance in developing countries such as Nepal. Purpose of this study was to find out knowledge, attitude and practice of kangaroo mother care among health workers in tertiary health centres in Nepal.
Methods: This cross sectional study was carried out in three teaching hospitals in Nepal during the period from January 2016 to April 2016. Doctors and nurses working in Paediatrics/Neonatal and Obstetrics/Gynaecology wards were surveyed using pretested questionnaire. Responses from the doctors and the nurses were compared.
Results: Response rate of the survey was 65%. All of the doctors and 95.3% of the nurses who participated in the survey had knowledge about kangaroo mother care.37.7%of the doctors and 48.8% of the nurses thought that this method is only used for neonates with low birth weight (<2500grams) (p= 0.013).Three fourth of the doctors and half of the nurses agreed that KMC is practiced regularly in their ward (p = 0.016). 22.2% participants informed that main reasons for not practicing kangaroo care regularly could be lack of skill and knowledge.
Conclusions: We found that general knowledge and attitude of majority of doctors and nurses towards kangaroo mother care was good, however, its practise was not uniform.
Keywords: Health care worker; kangaroo mother care; low birth weight; Nepal.

Published
2018-01-01
How to Cite
SHAH, Rakesh Kumar; SAINJU, Nayan Kamal; JOSHI, Sunil Kumar. Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards Kangaroo Mother Care. Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 3, p. 275-281, jan. 2018. ISSN 1999-6217. Available at: <http://jnhrc.com.np/index.php/jnhrc/article/view/1173>. Date accessed: 23 oct. 2018.