Knowledge, perception, and attitude of pregnant women towards the role of physical therapy in antenatal care - a cross sectional study

Rachana Nayak, Lizanne Paes, Chetna Gupta, K. Vijaya Kumar, Amitesh Narayan, Suchitra Thunga, P. Prasanna Mithra

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Background: Physiotherapy plays an essential role in obstetrics, both in the antenatal and postnatal periods. Antenatal exercises are recommended for the health benefits and safe delivery that they secure of pregnant mothers. However, studies on the efficacy of this approach in developing countries like India are limited in literature. The objective of this study was to determine knowledge, perception, and attitude of pregnant women towards the role of physical therapy in antenatal care. Methods: A descriptive survey research design was used for this cross-sectional study. A total of 106 pregnant women attending regular antenatal checkups in tertiary care centers in Mangalore, Karnataka, India were recruited. Data were obtained on maternal characteristics, knowledge, perception, and attitude towards the role of physiotherapy in antenatal care. Results: 46% of subjects knew about antenatal exercises. The majority of them were not aware or not sure about the different type of antenatal exercises avaliable.60% of the respondents had a positive attitude to physiotherapy during antenatal care. However, only 30% of the participants had adequate knowledge of the benefits of antenatal exercise and this was not influenced by maternal sociodemographic characteristics. Conclusion: A majority of Indian pregnant women demonstrate inadequate knowledge but have positive attitude towards role of physiotherapy in antenatal care.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
JournalOnline Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Volume14
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2015

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Prenatal Care
Pregnant Women
Cross-Sectional Studies
Exercise
Mothers
India
Insurance Benefits
Therapeutics
Tertiary Care Centers
Developing Countries
Obstetrics
Research Design
Surveys and Questionnaires

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