Evaluation of Maternal Knowledge & Perceptions on Neonatal Jaundice (A Hospital based Survey)

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Saffi Ullah
Farhat R Malik
Shazia Aurangzeb
Hameed Ullah
Zeba Naeem

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ABSTRACT
Objective: This cross sectional study was conducted to assess maternal knowledge and perceptions of pathological
jaundice with association of mother’s characteristics with the knowledge.
Methods: A descriptive study was carried out on 100 mothers of the sick infants visiting Pediatrics’ department. All
the consenting mothers of sick infants were conveniently enrolled in the study. Paramedic staff mothers and mothers
who did not consent were excluded. A self-structured questionnaire was developed to assess mother’s knowledge
and validated through pilot study. Maternal knowledge scores were graded into outstanding (95- 100%), very good
(85- 94%), satisfactory (75- 84%), very weak (65- 74%) and less than 65% as unsatisfactory.
Ethical clearance was obtained. The collected data was analyzed through SPSS Version- 21 by computing frequencies,
percentages and inferential statistics by Chi Square Test with significance level set at 0.05.
Results: The mean maternal age was 26.43 years + 5.675 with 51% uneducated and 23% had university level education.
Two third (91%) of the mothers were housewives.
Thirty-four percent mothers had satisfactory, 14% very good, 1% outstanding, 18% very weak and 29% unsatisfactory
knowledge of pathological jaundice. Maternal knowledge about neonatal jaundice had direct association with father’s
occupation (P value= 0.02) and maternal age (P value= 0.02).
Conclusion: Mothers showed satisfactory knowledge of neonatal pathological jaundice in terms of awareness, causes,
complications and treatment options. Maternal age and father’s occupation was significant against the maternal
knowledge of neonatal jaundice.

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Author Biographies

Saffi Ullah, Paediatrics unit,Kuwait teaching hospital,Peshawar.Riphah international university,Islamabad,Pakistan

Associate professor,paediatrics unit,Kuwait teaching hospital,Peshawar.Riphah international university,Islamabad,Pakistan

Primary author, concieved the idea,planned the study,supervised it and contributed to manuscript writing

Farhat R Malik, Community health sciences,Peshawar medical college,Peshawar.Riphah international university,Islamabad,Pakistan

Associate professor community health sciences,Peshawar medical college,Peshawar.Riphah international university,Islamabad,Pakistan

Wrote the manuscript with data entry,analysis,interpretation and generation of tables and graphs

Shazia Aurangzeb, Paediatrics unit,Kuwait teaching hospital,Peshawar.Riphah international university,Islamabad,Pakistan

Professor Paediatrics unit,Kuwait teaching hospital,Peshawar.Riphah international university,Islamabad,Pakistan

Data analysis,interpretation, critical review and contributed to manuscript writing

Hameed Ullah, Paediatrics unit,Kuwait teaching hospital,Peshawar.Riphah international university,Islamabad,Pakistan

Senior registrar, paediatrics unit,Kuwait teaching hospital,Peshawar.Riphah international university,Islamabad,Pakistan

Collected the data,analysis ,crtical review and contributed to manuscript writing

Zeba Naeem, Paediatrics unit,Kuwait teaching hospital,Peshawar.Riphah international university,Islamabad,Pakistan

House office,paediatrics unit,Kuwait teaching hospital,Peshawar.Riphah international university,Islamabad,Pakistan

Collected the data, statistical  analysis and contributed to manuscript writing