Breastfeeding and Australian GP Registrars: Their Knowledge and Attitudes

Brodribb, Wendy, Fallon, Anthony, Jackson, Claire and Hegney, Desley (2008) Breastfeeding and Australian GP Registrars: Their Knowledge and Attitudes. Journal of Human Lactation, 24 4: 422-430. doi:10.1177/0890334408323547

Author Brodribb, Wendy
Fallon, Anthony
Jackson, Claire
Hegney, Desley
Title Breastfeeding and Australian GP Registrars: Their Knowledge and Attitudes
Journal name Journal of Human Lactation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0890-3344
Publication date 2008-11
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0890334408323547
Open Access Status
Volume 24
Issue 4
Start page 422
End page 430
Total pages 9
Editor M. Jane Heinig
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Publisher Sage Publication
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 321100 Nursing
920507 Women's Health
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Abstract The aim of this study was to identify the breastfeeding attitudes and knowledge of a sample of Australian general practice (GP) registrars and investigate how confident and effective they thought their interactions with breastfeeding women were. Between February and May 2007, a 90-item questionnaire containing demographic, attitude, and knowledge items was distributed to final-year Australian GP registrars. The mean attitude score (5 = maximum score) was 3.99. The mean knowledge score (5 = maximum score) was 3.40, indicating some degree of breastfeeding knowledge. However, 40% of the knowledge items were answered incorrectly by the majority of participants. Approximately 40% of the cohort were confident and thought they were effective assisting breastfeeding women. Having more than 26 weeks personal experience with breastfeeding (self or partner) increased breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and effectiveness. Further targeted training is needed to improve Australian GP registrars' breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and effectiveness. J Hum Lact. 24(4):422-430.
Keyword breastfeeding knowledge
breastfeeding attitudes
general practice
Q-Index Code C1
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