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Title: Parents’ knowledge and practices to childhood immunisation in Nepal
Alternative title / Subtitle: implications for health policy
Authors: Devkota, Sara
Simkhada, Padam
Teijlingen, van Edwin
Rai, Lal D.
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: Immunization;Medical policy;Reproductive health in mass media;Interpersonal communication;Εμβολιασμός;Ιατρική πολιτική;Μέσα επικοινωνίας;Διαπροσωπική επικοινωνία
Subjects: Medicine
Primary nursing
Issue Date: 20-Jul-2014
Date of availability: 20-Jul-2014
Publisher: Μαρβάκη, Χριστίνα
Abstract: Background: Parental misperceptions have been identified as major barriers towards immunizations in children. Lack of information or incorrect information has been associated with parents’ anxieties or concerns about childhood immunisation. Aim: The main aim of the present study was to examine the sources of information for parents on childhood immunisation in Kathmandu Valley; and these parents’ knowledge and practices on childhood immunisation. Methods and Materials: Primary data were collected from 120 parents using stratified quota sampling with three different urban populations in Kathmandu Valley using structured questionnaire. Results: Immunisation coverage was good and 91.7% children were fully immunized in the study areas. There are positive attitudes towards immunisation. The local health workers are the main source of health information followed by TV. Respondents’ gender, ethnicity, education level, occupation, having radio, TV and mobile phone at home were statistically significant on knowledge level. But respondents’ age, religion and living in own home or rented home were not significant. Similarly, Ethnicity, Occupation living condition and education were statistically significant for immunisation practice. Conclusions: The Majority of respondents have a positive opinion about the important of childhood immunisation in study areas. However, some respondents had insufficient knowledge on this issue. For high coverage, communication efforts should focus on clarifying correct parental beliefs about immunisation. Vaccines for child should be reimbursed on the same basis as other medical treatment. Childhood immunization related messages should be emphasized in the national vaccination programme.
Description: Research article
Language: English
Citation: Devkota, S., Simkhada, P., Teijlingen, E. & Rai, L. (December 2013). Parents’ knowledge and practices to childhood immunisation in nepal: implications for health policy. “Health Science Journal”. 7(4):370-383.
Journal: Health Science Journal
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 7, τεύχος 4 (Οκτ. - Δεκ. 2013)

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