Impact of Training Program to Nurses Regarding Complementary Feeding in Infant and Young Children: An Educational Interventional Study

Authors

  • Pawana Kayastha Kathmandu Medical College Private Limited Teaching Hospital, Nepal https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4652-1453
  • Smriti Mathema Kathmandu Medical College Private Limited Teaching Hospital
  • Vijaya Chikanbanjar Kathmandu Medical College Private Limited Teaching Hospital, Nepal
  • Sunil Raja Manandhar Kathmandu Medical College Private Limited Teaching Hospital

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/bjhs.v7i3.52637

Keywords:

Complementary feedings, knowledge, nurses, training

Abstract

Introduction: Under nutrition is an underlying cause of more than one third of global deaths in children below the age of 5 years. Nutrition education is a critical strategy of intervention to improve child complementary feeding practices which will subsequently decrease mortality and morbidity of under-5 children.

Objective: To determine the knowledge of nurses on complementary feeding practices and also provide appropriate training and verify its effectiveness.

Method: It is a hospital based educational interventional study. The time-series was from October 2021 to march 2022 included 24 nursing staff. The nurses underwent one-day training on complementary feeding practices in infant. They were evaluated periodically on their knowledge at four different time points. The effectiveness of training was calculated based on the change in scores, as per mean numeric scores, immediately, 1 and 6 months after the training.

Result: The nurses showed high competence by obtaining above average scores (100%) by all participant immediately after training and remained so after 1 month. The mean test score obtained before training was 15.3 which increased to 23 after training, 21.9 after 1 month and 17.8 after 6 months of training. The differences in mean were statistically significant (p value 0.000).

Conclusion: This training intervention improved knowledge of nurses regarding complementary feeding practices, but improvements need to be strengthened and sustained.

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Author Biographies

Pawana Kayastha, Kathmandu Medical College Private Limited Teaching Hospital, Nepal

Assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics

Smriti Mathema, Kathmandu Medical College Private Limited Teaching Hospital

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Vijaya Chikanbanjar, Kathmandu Medical College Private Limited Teaching Hospital, Nepal

Resident, Department of Pediatrics

Sunil Raja Manandhar, Kathmandu Medical College Private Limited Teaching Hospital

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

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Published

2022-12-31

How to Cite

Kayastha, P., Mathema, S., Chikanbanjar, V., & Manandhar, S. R. (2022). Impact of Training Program to Nurses Regarding Complementary Feeding in Infant and Young Children: An Educational Interventional Study. Birat Journal of Health Sciences, 7(3), 1857–1860. https://doi.org/10.3126/bjhs.v7i3.52637

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