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Maternal cytomegalovirus infection prevention: the role of Dutch primary care midwives.

Research paper by Monique T R MT Pereboom, Judith J Manniën, Evelien R ER Spelten, Eileen K EK Hutton, François G FG Schellevis

Indexed on: 17 May '14Published on: 17 May '14Published in: Midwifery



Abstract

to assess the knowledge of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection among Dutch primary care midwives, and clinical approaches to informing women about CMV.cross-sectional study, using self-administered questionnaires.330 Dutch primary care midwives.primary midwifery care practices across the Netherlands.Midwives' knowledge of CMV transmission routes and maternal symptoms, and clinical practice behaviours regarding CMV, the information typically provided or reasons for not informing pregnant women about CMV.the overall median knowledge score was 8.0 out of a maximum possible score of 13.0. Of all participants, 10.6% reported always informing pregnant women about CMV infection prevention and 41.0% reported never informing pregnant women. The main reason indicated for not informing pregnant women was lack of knowledge about preventive methods (45.7%).Dutch primary care midwives have limited knowledge of CMV infection. Improvement in providing education to pregnant women about strategies to prevent CMV is necessary.

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