Knowledge and Practice of Pregnant Iraqi Women about COVID-19 Preventive Measures
Keywords:COVID-19, Knowledge, Practice, Pregnant, prevention, infection.
Background: Pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 infection must be identified and treated early because
they are a group susceptible to higher risk as more cases of infection appear, the timely diagnosis will allow
us to select which patients merit maternal surveillance. Much closer fetal and/or timely hospital admission
with an immediate impact on emergency clinical practice
Objective: To assess the knowledge and practice of pregnant Iraqi women about COVID-19 preventive
Patients and Method: A cross sectional study conducted at the Private clinics for Gynecology and
Obstetrics in Baghdad/Iraq for two months, from 1 of May 2020 to the end of Jun 2020. The study sample
is 400 pregnant women that are attending private clinics for antenatal care, studying their knowledge about
COVID-19 infection and their approach.
Results: The Knowledge score level were found Inadequate in (72%) of the participant and adequate in
(28%), the main source of information about the COVID-19 prevention in multiple answers question was
TV, which presented in 338 (84.5%), then 234 (58.5%) from family and friends, 229 (57.25%) and 103
(25.75%) mentioned that their information from HCWs. 2/3rd of the participants were presented with poor
practice (67.25%) while less than 1/3rd (32.75%) with good practice.
Conclusion: Knowledge score level were found Inadequate in (72%) of the participant and 2/3rd of the
participants were presented with poor practice (67.25%) while less than 1/3rd (32.75%) with good practice.
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