Reference of this article: Nunes C, Ayala M. What do mothers think about the well-child program? Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2007;9:411-25.
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Objectives: to analyze the mother?s perspective about the well-child program.
We describe their doubts and sources of information about their children?s health, development
and education, as well as their opinion about the program, perception and accomplishment
of the pediatrician?s advice.
Design: cross-sectional descriptive survey.
Material, methods and participants: we built a questionnaire with 31 questions, applied
by interviews to the 72 mothers attending the visits of the program. The questionnaire
included the following areas of the pediatrician?s intervention: feeding, sleeping, general
care, psychomotor development, language, prevention of accidents and illnesses.
Main results: the mothers? main sources of information where the following, by order
of importance: their mate, family, pediatrician and nurse. They mention more positive aspects
of the program than negative ones. The most valued aspect was the personal treatment
of the pediatrician and the worst valued aspects were the structural conditions of the
visit (accessibility, schedule, convenience). More than half of the mothers considered that
the pediatrician always or almost always examined carefully their children (65%) and that
the information given was clear (57%), so as the recommendations (67%). The evaluation
of the pediatricians who were more experienced and keen on the program is significantly
higher than the rest of the pediatricians in every studied aspect: clarity of the recommendations
(p = 0,001); clarity of the information (p = 5 * 10-5); careful examination of the children
(p = 0,009).
Conclusion: the andalusian mothers get more support from their basic social relations
than from the technicians to build their criteria of upbringing. They value the program positively
and they value better the more experienced pediatricians that were keen on the program.
Key words: Children?s health, Mothers, Pediatricians, Development, Education.
Keywords● Child Health ● Development ● Mothers ● Pediatricians