Exploring Midwives’ Knowledge About Myelomeningocele In North Western Indonesia
Lumbanraja, Sarma Nursani
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Background. Myelomeningocele is a condition that still becomes a burden in third world countries. This is actually a highly preventable chronic condition and the prognosis is significantly affected by the timing of primary neurosurgical repair. Midwives have critical role in diagnosing and enhancing families’ education about this condition. Objectives. To provide insight into midwives’ knowledge about (a) prevention of myelomeningocele, (b) diagnosing myelomeningocele, and (c) management of myelomeningocele. Method. A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted using a questionnaire. A total of 74 midwives from North Western Indonesia participated in this study. Results. This study found that vast majority of the midwives (>80%) responded correctly about the role of folic acid in prevention of myelomeningocele, but only less than a quarter of the participants knew how to diagnose and manage this condition. Conclusion. This study suggests that new educational strategies should be developed for Indonesian midwives to improve their knowledge about diagnosis and management of myelomeningocele.