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Recognition of danger signs in children under 5 and it’s associated factors among caregivers in Pahang

Kamaruzaman, Nor Azam and Mohd Juhan, Nik Fahmi and Draman, Samsul and Pasi, Hafizah (2021) Recognition of danger signs in children under 5 and it’s associated factors among caregivers in Pahang. In: Medical Research Symposium 2021, 14 December 2021, Kuantan, Pahang. (Unpublished)

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Caregivers’ knowledge and experiences in handling unwell children are essential in caring for their young children, as it predicted appropriate health seeking behavior. We aim to identify the association between correct recognition of danger signs for children under 5 with caregivers’ source of health information and past experiences. Majority of the caregivers were female (90.6%), of Malay ethnicity (89.3%) with the mean age of 32  6. 61.8% to 81.9% of caregivers have correct response for 9 out of 10 danger signs. Their main sources of information were healthcare providers, HCP (64.4%), child health’s record book, BRKK (56.0%) and the internet (55.5%). In term of past experiences, 31.3% and 6.9% of caregivers have had managed serious condition and death among children respectively. Significant associations were found between correct responses with seeking information from BRKK (χ2 5.13, p=0.024), HCP (χ2 5.42, p=0.02), “Mother’s card” (χ2 5.771, p=0.016) and magazines (χ2 7.941, p=0.005), while incorrect responses with friends as source of information (χ2 3.86, p=0.049), and past experience of serious condition (χ2 5.821, p=0.016). In conclusion, empowering caregivers with reliable health information resources is crucial in primary care as it might influence parental knowledge. Direct interaction with health care providers and printed materials are still relevant medium among caregivers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: caregivers, experience, information, danger signs, under five
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Heatlh. Child health services. Preventive health services for children
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Community Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Depositing User: Dr Nor Azam Kamaruzaman
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 09:20
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2022 09:20
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/95679

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