Suvarna BT, Rhoda Jesuraj, Dr. Nagaraj GK and Shweta Potnis
Background: Maternal health is a nation’s wealth. Women are the primary care takers, first educators, bearers and nurtures of the next generation this pre-experimental study aimed to assess the effectiveness of planned teaching programme on knowledge regarding healthy lifestyle practices in pregnancy among primigravidae attending selected maternity hospitals at Dharwad.
Method: An evaluative approach to with pre experimental one group pretest-posttest design was adopted for the study. The samples from the selected Maternity hospitals at Dharwad were selected using non probability sampling technique. The sample consisted of 50 Primigeavidae mother's. The tool used for data collection was self-administered knowledge questionnaire and planned teaching programme was adopted. The data analysis was done by using both descriptive and inferential statistics.
Result: The findings reveal that the posttest mean knowledge score reveal was found higher (mean=27.66 SD-of 1.37) when compared with the pretest knowledge score value which was mean=15.12 SD-2.82. The statistical paired’ implies that the difference in the pretest and post -test value was found statistically significant at 29.16. There exists statistical significance in the difference of knowledge score indicating the positive impact of planned teaching program. The computed chi-square value for association between level of knowledge of Primigeavidae regarding healthy lifestyle practices in pregnancy and there selected demographic variables is found to be statistically significant at 0.05 levels.
Conclusion: The findings reveal that the knowledge of Primigeavidae regarding healthy lifestyle practices in pregnancy is inadequate before the administration of planned teaching programme. The PTP was effective in increasing the knowledge of participants regarding healthy lifestyle practices in pregnancy. Since a very few studies have been conducted regarding this topic in India, so the nurse researcher can take further studies on the same topic.
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