Muhammad Rashid Anjum, Muhammad Arif Khan, Unsa Athar, Awais Raza, Ayesha Irfan, Sarah Arif, Ahsan Mehmood, Arsalan Sikandar, Huda Iftikhar, Shireen Farrukh, Abdul Rafay, Tayyaba Khadim, Zoraiz Mushtaq.
Evaluation of Knowledge and Psychomotor Skills of Lady Health Visitors about Immunization.
Ann King Edward Med Uni Jan ;22(4):306-12.
Adequate training of Lady Health Visitors is foundat-ional for the prosperity of community health worker scheme in Pakistan. Objective: To determine the deficiencies in the train-ing Lady Health Visitors by assessing their knowledge and psychomotor skills. Study Design: Cross – sectional study. Study Duration and Place: The study was conducted in 6 – month duration in Community Medicine Depart-ment, KEMU, Lahore. Subjects and Methodology: A cross – sectional stu-dy was carried out at Model Maternal and Child Care Centre, Montgomery Road, Lahore. A total of 100 Lady Health Visitors were selected on the basis of laid down inclusion criteria. Data was collected through a pretested questionnaire and analyzed by SPSS version 16.0. Results: LHVs had an adept comprehension of vacci-nations of 9 diseases covered by EPI (99%). They had adequate knowledge of antenatal vaccines (64%), peri-natal vaccines (87%) and postnatal (77%) vaccines, indicating good recall. But they had less grasp on the method of filling vaccination cards (30%) and coun-selling about side effects of vaccines (17%) showing low psychomotor skills. However, recall and psycho-motor skills showed significant correlation (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Our study concluded that there is a signi-ficant correlation between recall and psychomotor skills of our Lady Health Visitors. By analyzing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the training of Lady Health Visitors, our study showed that they had better recall but lower psychomotor skills. Hence modifications are required in their train-ing to improve psychomotor skills.
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