Knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of health workers working in maternal and child health care services (MIMMS) 2014-15 - All provinces in South Africa

Resource Type
  • Reddy, Sasiragha Priscilla
  • Roberts, Mathias
  • Jonas, Ncebakazi
  • Naidoo, Pamela
  • Maluleke, Xavela Thelmah
  • Labadarios, Demetre
  • Sewpaul, Ronel
  • Human Sciences Research Council
Publication Date
Embargo End Date
  • Human Sciences Research Council (Producer)
Funding Reference
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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  • Abstract

    Description: The data set consists of 190 cases and 285 variables.

    Abstract: The project aimed to assess healthcare professionals’ behaviour and related determinants; including knowledge, attitudes, social norms, and self-efficacy towards providing adequate and sufficient maternal and child healthcare services. A cross-sectional quantitative self-administered questionnaire was completed by the healthcare professional in the maternal and child healthcare services in the selected districts of the 9 provinces in South Africa. Information collected included basic demographics, education and continuous professional development (CPD) training related to maternal and child healthcare information; provision, knowledge, attitudes, norms, self-efficacy and intention to provide family planning services; provision of maternal care services, care during labour, neonatal care; and norms, self-efficacy and intention to provide maternal and child healthcare services. The primary research question for this project therefore was what the effects of healthcare professional's behaviour and related determinants in providing adequate and sufficient healthcare services to mothers and their children in South Africa are. The secondary question was what the factors associated with professional healthcare workers' best practices in maternal and child healthcare settings are.

Temporal Coverage
  • 2014 / 2014
Geographic Coverage
  • South Africa (ZA)
Sampled Universe
All health care workers who work in maternal and child care services at the sampled health care facilities were eligible to participate. Participation was voluntary.
The sampling frame consisted of all public health facilities that provide maternity and infant services in South Africa. These facilities were stratified into 2 categories: Public Health Clinics and Community Health Centers (CHCs). A representative sample from each stratum was selected using the probability proportional to size approach. The sample consisted of 80 clinics and 26 CHCs, of which 90 of the clinics were based in rural settings while the other 90 were based in urban settings. Four community day centres, and 2 secondary level hospitals were also included in the study. The size of the facility was based on the estimated number of eligible women attending the facility. All nine provinces of South Africa were included in the selection process in order to reflect the diverse demographic and socio-economic profile of the country. Nurses and midwives healthcare workers were recruited at the facility level with the assistance of facility managers. Depending on the size of the facility either all the nurses and midwives or a sample of them were studied. The inclusion criteria for nurses and midwives were: all the nurses whose work includes delivering babies; and midwives who only deliver babies. Pregnant women were recruited from the clinic and community level. At the clinic the assistance of registered nurses that provide antenatal services was sought in recruiting the pregnant women. These women were invited to participate in the focus group discussions.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
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Update Metadata: 2021-01-13 | Issue Number: 1423 | Registration Date: 2016-04-11