Knowledge, attitudes and sources of information on breastfeeding among medical professionals in Baghdad
AbstractA questionnaire to assess doctors' knowledge, attitudes and training about breastfeeding was answered by 320 medical students, 75 resident doctors and 50 general practitioners in Baghdad, Iraq. Although attitudes towards breastfeeding were generally positive, less than 50% of medics had adequate scores on knowledge questions [>/= 50% correct]. Most general practitioners [86.0%] agreed that breast-feeding was the preferred type of feeding compared with only 58.4% of medical students and 57.3% of resident doctors. General practitioners who had been on training courses scored better than those who had not. The main sources of breastfeeding information were community medicine and paediatric courses and the main modes of breastfeeding instruction were lectures and clinical sessions. Medical school curricula and residency training do not adequately prepare physicians for their role in breastfeeding promotion
Al Nassaj, H.H., Al Ward, N.J.A. & Al Awqati, N.A. (2004). Knowledge, attitudes and sources of information on breastfeeding among medical professionals in Baghdad. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119491
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 10 (6), 871-878, 2004
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