Relationship of education and socio-economic status with knowledge about abnormal uterine bleeding and its risk factors
Keywords:Knowledge, Socio-economic status, Education, Abnormal uterine bleeding
Background: Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) is a common but overlooked condition. The lack of information and poor attitude towards health is often the reason. The knowledge of women regarding AUB and the preventable factors and its association with their education and socioeconomic status has never been assessed. Hence, the study was undertaken to assess the knowledge and attitude of women with AUB regarding the condition, its etiology, risk factors and treatment modalities in relation to their education and socio economic status.
Methods: The cross sectional descriptive study was carried out among women with AUB. Structured interviewer administered questionnaire was used to collect the required information. Knowledge of AUB and its risk factors from women with AUB were given scores 1-8 and 1-6 respectively. Information on education and socioeconomic status was also noted. Statistical analysis of data was done.
Results: Knowledge score for AUB ≤4 and its risk factors ≤3 was found in 63% and 72% of respondents respectively. Poor reading ability and low socio economic status was significantly associated with poor knowledge scores.Conclusions: Intensive enlightenment of population using the mass media by trained personnel and strengthening of primary health care services is recommended.
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