Pregnant Women’s Awareness regarding Viral Hepatitis B and C

Megahed, Mona and mohamed, magda (2012) Pregnant Women’s Awareness regarding Viral Hepatitis B and C. MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL OF NURSING, 6 (1). pp. 15-18. ISSN 18348750


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To assess the level of knowledge and misconceptions regarding hepatitis B and C among Saudi pregnant women. Methods: This descriptive study was carried out in the obstetric department, Mohail hospital, Saudi Arabia, from December 2010 to March 2011. The pre-designed questionnaire consisted of 35 statements about hepatitis B and C (risk factors, mode of transmission, immunization and prevention) and was completed by a total number of 126 pregnant women who were randomly selected. Results: Out of 126 women only 34.9% had satisfactory knowledge towards HBV and HCV. There is statistical significant relation between women’s level of education, number of parity and their level of knowledge (p <0.001). Misconceptions regarding HCV and HBV were very common among the study sample that 59.5% , 57.9%, 45.2% respectively consider family genetics, the general toilet in markets and foods as risk factors for infection. Conclusion: The study findings reflects that there is unsatisfactory knowledge regarding HBV and HCV among women in the reproductive years. More efforts must be focused on correcting women’s misconceptions and educating them into healthy behaviors through educational programs. Key words: pregnant women, level of knowledge, hepatitis B,hepatitis C

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Nursing
Divisions: College of Applied Medical Sciences - Mahyal Aseer > Nursing
Depositing User: MONA ELBASUONY
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2017 21:02
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2017 21:02

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