Assessment of Pregnant Women Knowledge and Practices Concerning Iron Deficiency Anemia at Al-Amara City/Iraq

Authors

  • Ghazwan Abdulhussein AlAbedi 1 , Aqeel Aziz Arar2, Mustafa Salim Abdul Alridh3

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1593

Keywords:

Knowledge, Practice, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Pregnant Women.

Abstract

Objectives: To assess knowledge and practices related to the prevention of iron deficiency anemia among

pregnant women and to find an association between their knowledge; practices and socio-demographic

variables. Methodology: This is an institutional descriptive study conducted on the random selection of

six primary healthcare centers in Al-Amara city. A purposive sampling technique was used to select (280)

pregnant mothers attending antenatal care service.

Results: Almost half of the sample belongs to the primary education level (50.3%) and most of them

housewife (56.8%), with low monthly income (71.8%). Over three quarters of the sample had moderate

knowledge (76.1%) and their unfavorable practices (75.5%) with regard to iron anemia. The results indicated

a high relationship between the knowledge and practice of women with the variables under study (p= 0.000).

Conclusion: The study concluded that the majority of participants have insufficient knowledge with moderate

practices towards preventing this type of anemia. Health education about foods with a high concentration of

iron is an essential step towards reducing iron deficiency anemia in pregnant women.

Author Biography

Ghazwan Abdulhussein AlAbedi 1 , Aqeel Aziz Arar2, Mustafa Salim Abdul Alridh3

1 MSc. Academic Lecturer. Department of Community Health Nursing, College of Nursing/ University of Misan,

Misan, Iraq, 2 MSc. Academic Lecturer, Department of Adult Nursing. College of Nursing/ University of Misan,

Misan, lraq, 3 MSc. Academic Lecturer, Department of Pediatric Nursing, College of Nursing/ University of Misan,

Misan, lraq

Published

2020-07-24

How to Cite

Ghazwan Abdulhussein AlAbedi 1 , Aqeel Aziz Arar2, Mustafa Salim Abdul Alridh3. (2020). Assessment of Pregnant Women Knowledge and Practices Concerning Iron Deficiency Anemia at Al-Amara City/Iraq. Medico Legal Update, 20(3), 1368-1373. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1593

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