Our purpose was to assess breast-feeding education, knowledge, attitudes, and practices among resident and practicing obstetrician-gynecologists.
A mailed survey was administered to a national sample of resident and practicing obstetrician-gynecologists.
Response rates were 64% for residents and 69% for practitioners.
Residency training included limited opportunity for direct patient interaction regarding breast-feeding ; 60% of practitioners recommended that training devote more time to breast-feeding counseling skills.
Only 38% of residents reported that obstetric faculty presented breast-feeding topics ; more common sources were nursing staff and other residents.
Practitioners rated themselves as more effective in meeting the needs of breast-feeding patients than were residents ; prior personal breast-feeding experience was a significant influence on perceived effectiveness.
Almost all respondents agreed that obstetrician-gynecologists have a role in breast-feeding promotion, but significant deficits in knowledge of breast-feeding benefits and clinical management were found.
Residency training and continuing education programs should create opportunities to practice breast-feeding promotion skills and emphasize management of common lactation problems.
Mots-clés Pascal : Education sanitaire, Adulte, Femelle, Mère, Formation professionnelle, Médecin, Allaitement, Etats Unis, Homme, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health education, Adult, Female, Mother, Occupational training, Physician, Breast feeding, United States, Human, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0041926
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 01/03/1996.