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  1. The growth chart : Its use and perception among mothers visiting primary health care centers of Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

    Article - En anglais

    Abstract Objective 

    To study the utilization and perception of the growth chart among mothers of children under 5 years of age.


    A review of records to analyze the extent of utilization of the under 5 clinic for growth monitoring activity.

    Perception of the growth chart among mothers through a questionnaire.


    Three primary health centers in Al-Khobar.


    A large proportion of the under-5's from the catchment areas of health centers A (65.6) and B (70.5%) had attended the clinic for preventive health activities but their regularity of visits for growth monitoring declined markedly after the age of one year.

    A majority of the mothers (85%) attended the under-5 clinic during the study period for immunization while only 14% had visited solely for monitoring growth.

    Less than half (47.3%) of them recognized the growth curves (75.5%) and symbols for breast feeding (36.9%), weaning (41.1%) and child spacing (96.4%). Comprehension of these features of the growth chart improved with rising literacy levels and longer duration of attendance (>1 year) to the clinic.

    Only 15.8% mothers reported that they had acquired information on the growth chart in the past.


    The need to. get involved in the growth monitoring activity with the guidance of appropriate health center staff is recommended to promote self-reliance in mothers for child care. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Courbe croissance, Evaluation, Connaissance, Mère, Enfant, Homme, Perception, Utilisation, Arabie Saoudite, Asie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Growth curve, Evaluation, Knowledge, Mother, Child, Human, Perception, Use, Saudi Arabia, Asia

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0351614

    Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 10/04/1997.