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Patient Educ Couns. 2004 Apr;53(1):101-6.

Health education for pregnant women: the role of background characteristics.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecologic Nursing, School of Nursing, Atatürk University, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey.


This was a pilot study with the purpose of determining the effect of health education in enhancing the self-care agency of pregnant women and to define the role of their background characteristics in the success of this education. Subjects of this study were 30 pregnant women who visited a university hospital for check. The success of the given education was measured by pre- and post-tests that were applied before and after health education using "self-care agency scale". Data were evaluated according to t-test and variance analysis. After health education, the self-agency scores of the pregnant women increased significantly (P < 0.05). It was defined that pregnant women with the least self-care agency scores before health education, displayed the best progress after the education.

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