Global Journal of Health Science; Vol. 6, No. 1; 2014 ISSN 1916-9736 E-ISSN 1916-9744 Published by Canadian Center of Science and Education

Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice about Emergency Contraception among Health Staff in Bushehr State, South of Iran Fatemeh Najafi-Sharjabad1, Abdollah Hajivandi2 & Mohammad Rayani1 1

Faculty of Health, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran

2

Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran

Correspondence: Fatemeh Najafi-Sharjabad, Faculty of Health, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran. Tel: 98-771-252-85340. E-mail: [email protected] Received: May 22, 2013 doi:10.5539/gjhs.v6n1p52

Accepted: September 22, 2013

Online Published: October 12, 2013

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/gjhs.v6n1p52

Abstract Emergency Contraception (EC) is used within a few days of unprotected sex to prevent an unintended pregnancy. About one quarter of pregnancies in south of Iran are unintended. EC is important option that women can use after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure for preventing of unplanned pregnancies and adverse maternal and perinatal health outcomes. Health staff have influence on women’s contraceptive behavior and their knowledge and attitudes about EC can affect women’s contraceptive behaviors. Data are lacking about the knowledge, attitude and practice of hormonal EC method among health staff in Bushehr state, south of Iran. A cross-sectional study using self administered questionnaire was conducted. A sample of 170 health staff were surveyed. The mean age of respondents was 30.6±5.1. Overall 6.5% of participants had poor knowledge, 25.2% moderate knowledge, 68.3% good knowledge about EC. Half of participants had positive and half had negative attitude towards the EC method. Midwives and family health workers were more knowledgeable (p

Knowledge, attitude, and practice about Emergency Contraception among health staff in Bushehr state, south of Iran.

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