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|Title: ||Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Infant Ocular Health among Midwives in the Bosomtwe District|
|Authors: ||Abdul-Sadik, Ahmed|
Kyei Nkansah, Ernest
|Issue Date: ||6-Feb-2018|
|Publisher: ||EC OPHTHALMOLOGY|
|Citation: ||EC OPHTHALMOLOGY|
|Abstract: ||Background: Careful monitoring of the neonate ocular health is a factor that can help in the reduction of child blindness. The purpose
of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of infant ocular health among midwives in the Bosomtwe District.
Methods: Study type was Descriptive Cross-Sectional. Study was carried out among midwives practicing in the various neonatal
units within hospitals in the Bosomtwe District. Data collection was by the use of a structured questionnaire hand delivered to all
participants. Data was analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) package version 20. Level of knowledge
was categorized using Blooms cut-off points into good (> 80%), moderate (60 - 80%) and poor (< 60%).
Results: Out of 62 respondents, 50.7% were knowledgeable in infant ocular conditions. Poorest level of knowledge was recorded in
retinoblastoma (6.5%) whiles level of knowledge in Ophthalmia neonatorum (100%) was the best. Thirty-six (58.1%) of the respondents
performed ocular examination on infants. Majority of the respondents (85.5%) referred all abnormalities detected. Education
of mothers was done by 82.3% of respondents and only 29% indicated receiving some form of in-service training with regards to
infant ocular health. Attitude of respondents was positive with 74.2% of respondents disagreeing that infant ocular health monitoring
should only be done by an eye care professional.
Conclusion: Overall, respondents had poor level of knowledge in infant ocular conditions. However level of practice was satisfactory
and there was generally positive attitude toward infant ocular health.|
|Description: ||This article is published in EC OPHTHALMOLOGY|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Science|
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