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Title: Influence of mothers' characteristics on their perceptions and use of the growth chart
Authors: Al Nahedh, N.
Bamgboye, E.A.
Issue Date: 2003
Language: English
Abstract: Although growth charts are recommended for monitoring children, recent reports indicate poor use by mothers. We investigated maternal knowledge and perceptions of growth charts and identified characteristics affecting use. At outpatient paediatric clinics of a Riyadh hospital, 305 mothers with children under age 5 were interviewed by questionnaire during May-June 2001. Overall awareness of growth charts was 35.8% and ever-use was 8.6%. Education, parity and number of living children were significantly associated with knowledge. Among mothers who ever used growth charts [8.7%], only 10% reported doctors recommended changes in health care because of them. Overall, 71% wanted to monitor their child's growth, but 20% did not know how. Increased health education in all health care delivery systems is needed
Description: 974-980
Keywords: Anthropometry
Attitude to Health
Child, Preschool
Educational Status
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Hospitals, Teaching
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Age
Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
Subject: Growth Disorders
ISSN: 1020-3397
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Appears in Collections:EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)

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