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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30-35

Knowledge and use of growth chart among health-care providers in Baghdad


1 Iraqi Ministry of Health, College of Medicine, University of Al-Mustansiriyah, Baghdad, Iraq
2 Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Al-Mustansiriyah, Baghdad, Iraq

Correspondence Address:
Lamia Dhia Aldeen
Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Al-Mustansiriyah, Baghdad
Iraq
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IRJCM.IRJCM_8_20

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Background: The health-care providers must exhibit consistent and correct utilization of growth charts and be able to correctly interpret and comprehend its data. Objectives: The objectives were to assess the knowledge and use of growth chart by health care providers and to investigate factors affecting the knowledge and use, including relation to reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent health programs. Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out in 20 primary health-care centers in Baghdad: 8 in Al-Rusafa district and 12 in Al-Karkh district, during the period from the first of February to the end of May 2019. Results: The total number of study participants was 200, their mean age was 38.3 ± 8.3 years, and 150 (75%) were physicians including 85 (42.5%) family physicians. Most of the respondents (82.5%) had acceptable knowledge, while 9% had good knowledge and 8.5% had poor knowledge. Regarding use, 158 (79%) participants showed an acceptable level of use, 39 (19.5%) a good level of use, and only 3 (1.5%) had a poor level of use. Conclusions: Most of the health-care providers had an acceptable level of knowledge and use of growth charts, better knowledge, and use level were related to the number of patients seen per day, while growth chart use was affected by participants' age and being physician.


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