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Journal of Korean Academy of Child Health Nursing 2009;15(3):306-313.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4094/jkachn.2009.15.3.306
Knowledge and Practice of Infection Prevention by Mothers of Young Children.
Dong Won Lee, In Soo Kwon
College of Nursing, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea. iskwon@gnu.ac.kr
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the knowledge and practice of mothers of young children in infection prevention in everyday life. The results will provide basic data for future interventions for infection prevention in early childhood. METHODS: The participants included 313 mothers from three cities in Gyeongnam Province, Korea. The data were collected from December 2007 to January 2008 using a self-report questionnaire developed by the researchers and analyzed using the SPSS program. RESULTS: Average rate for correct answers of knowledge of infection prevention was 81.1%, and the mean score of practice in infection prevention was 3.18+/-0.34, out of 5. There was a positive correlation in the relationship between knowledge and practice (r=.236, p<.001). There were differences in knowledge and practice according to mothers' education, monthly family income, and type of residence, but there were no differences according to number of children and admission history of child for infectious disease. CONCLUSION: The level of knowledge and practice infection prevention by the mothers was not enough to prevent infection in early childhood. Therefore, effective strategies should be developed to help mothers in the prevention of infections during early childhood.
Key words: Mother; Knowledge; Infection; Prevention; Practice
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