Analysis of education in contraception for nurses in the undergraduate program

Analysis of education in contraception for nurses in the

undergraduate program

M. Pukite

Red Cross Medical College of Riga, Riga,


Introduction Increasing role in the medical education nowadays belongs

to the education in contraception. Focused knowledge in contraception is

connected with the effectivity of health education. Contraception problems are

important in families, they are observed at school and discussed in society

meetings. Aim of the study was to analyze the level of knowledge in the process

of education in contraception included in the nurses education program.

Methods Special questionnaire was elaborated in an aim to figure out the level of

knowledge in contraception. A total of 124 female students (in age 19-48 years) of the Riga

Red Cross Medical College were included in the study. 42 students (33.8%) were

from the first year, 39 (31.5%) from second and 43 (34.6%) from the third year.

Main education in contraception is introduced in the second year program.

Standard statistical methods were used for data analysis.

Results Twenty-three percent from all

respondents had targeted interests in the contraception; 86% of questionnairs

showed that information in contraception is useful both in personal and

professional needs; 97% of respondents marked low level of knowledge from

secondary school, and remarcable inprovement in teaching by medical

professionals at medical school; 98% showed that many new questions apeared when

personal usage of contraceptive methods is present; 99% mentioned high grade of

the teaching methods; 89% of respondents mentioned that obtained information in

contraceptology is still “fresh” one year after the teaching course.

Conclusions Medical professionals showed better teaching results in

comparison with school teachers. Analysed teaching methods in contraception

are effective and based on the practical questions. Level of knowledge in

contraception for the medical school students is not sufficient due to the lack

of systematic planning in education.

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