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The relationship between demographic characteristics of reproductive age FilipinoMuslim and their knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding family planning in tertiary care regional medical center: A cross-sectional study

Fatmah b. mangondato-lucman, MD; Ma. Melissa F. Diawatan, MD, FPOGS, FPSREI and Ma. Orpha V. Alonsabe, MD, FPOGS
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northern Mindanao Medical Center

Background: Family planning is a critical component of maternal and child health. It ensures proper spacing of children as well as having a target desired number of children.

Objective: This study aimed to determine the knowledge, attitude and practices on Family Planning among reproductive age Filipino-Muslim Women. .

Methodology: It was conducted in tertiary hospital in Northern Mindanao at the Out-Patient Department. Demographic and study data were gathered through a validated questionnaire.

Results: Results showed that most Filipino-Muslim Women coming in for prenatal checkup were in their late twenties (28.3%), unemployed, and already with 2 to 4 pregnancies. Associations were tested using Chi Square and significant correlations between patients’ demographic characteristics and their knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding family planning.

Conclusion: The study concludes that there is an association between patients’ age and educational status, and their knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding family planning. Further studies can be done to establish causation between risk factors and outcomes regarding family planning. A scoring system may be developed in the future classifying mothers as likely or unlikely to practice good family planning, which will allow for targeted family planning counseling.