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Impact of knowledge, attitude and practiceon anemia status among womenin coastal kochi, kerala

Authors:Shilpa Jose*, Sreni C Antony and Betty Rani Isaac
Int J Biol Med Res. 2016; 7(3): 5660-5664  |  PDF File


ABSTRACT:Anemia is considered to be a direct cause of 3-7% of maternal deaths and an indirect cause of 20-40% of maternal deaths. The present study explored knowledge, attitudes, and practices of reproductive age women regarding anemiain a coastal area of Ernakulum district. The subjects were reproductive aged adult women selected from the different coastal wards in KadamakudiPanchayath, in coastal Kochi,Kerala. The standardised KAP questions on Iron Deficiency anemia was adopted from FAO Guidelines (Macias and Glasauer, 2014).Haemoglobin was assessed by Cyanmethemoglobin method. Majority (72.6 %) of the subjects in the total population were anemic. Knowledge level of subjects was not significantly correlated with their Haemoglobin levels.However, there was a highly significant (1% level) positive correlation between Attitude scores of subjects and Haemoglobin levels. Significant (5% level) positive correlation was found between Practice Scores of subjects and Haemoglobin levels also