Umesh Nandgaon; Nirmala D'Souza
Abstract: Objectives: 1. To determine the existing knowledge of mothers on care of LBW newborns as measured by structured knowledge questionnaire. 2. To evaluate the effectiveness of planned teaching programme on care of LBW newborns in terms of knowledge score. 3. To find the association between pre-test knowledge scores and demographic variables. Methods: Descriptive study was conducted in K. L. E. S. Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital and MRC, Belagavi. Karnataka. All 30 mothers on care of low birth weight babies enrolled in study. Results: Result revealed that there is positive impact of effectiveness of a planned teaching programme on care of low birth weight babies, in terms of knowledge among mothers as seen by the results.In the pretest conducted among 30 mothers, none had good knowledge, 25 (83.33 %) had average knowledge scores while 5 (16.67 %) had poor knowledge score. In the post test conducted after administering PTP, 11 (36.67 %) had good knowledge scores, 19 (63.33 %) had average knowledge scores and none had poor knowledge score. Conclusion: The findings of the study showed that PTP was effective to improve the knowledge of care of low birth weight babies among mothers. There was significant association between the knowledge scores with age of the mother.
Keywords: Low Birth Weight Babies, LBW, Planned Teaching Programme, PTP