Korean J healthc assoc Infect Control Prev 2013; 18(1): 7-14
Published online June 30, 2013 https://doi.org/10.14192/kjnic.2013.18.1.7
Copyright © Korean Society for Healthcare-associated infection Control and Prevention
Sung Won Yoon1, Og Son Kim2
Department of Nursing, Chungwoon University1, Hongseong-gun, Department of Nursing, Suwon Science College2, Hwaseong, Korea
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Background: Respiratory infection in pregnancy can cause various side effects and affect the fetus. Therefore, efforts to prevent infection during pregnancy are essential. This study investigated knowledge and compliance regarding the prevention of respiratory infection among pregnant women.
Methods: A survey was conducted on May 10, 2012 on 300 pregnant women who attended a maternity school education program in a tertiary care hospital. The responses of 259 women were collected and analyzed.
Results: Only 2 women (0.8%) had been educated about respiratory infection prevention methods, while 106 (40.9%) experienced respiratory infection during pregnancy. The mean score of respiratory infection prevention knowledge was 11.63 out of 15 points (percentage of correct answers: 77.5%). The mean score for compliance to respiratory infection prevention was 32.34 out of 52 points (percentage of practice: 62.19%). Knowledge and compliance were found to be positively correlated.
Conclusion: Although many pregnant women experience respiratory infection during pregnancy, few have opportunities to be educated about prevention. Thus, the positive correlation between knowledge and compliance highlights the need for respiratory infection prevention education programs.
Keywords: Compliance, Infection, Knowledge, Pregnant woman, Respiratory
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