Caregiver attitudes to gynaecological health of women with intellectual disability

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Title Caregiver attitudes to gynaecological health of women with intellectual disability
Author Lin, Lan-Ping; Lin, Jin-Ding; Chu, Cordia Ming-Yeuk; Chen, Li-Mei
Journal Name Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Abstract Background There is little information available related to the reproductive health of people with intellectual disability (ID). The aims of the present study are to describe caregiver attitudes and to examine determinants of gynaecological health for women with ID. Method We recruited 1152 caregivers (response rate = 71.87%) and analysed their responses to a mailed-out, self-administered, structured questionnaire. We divided attitudinal perceptions of reproductive health into 4 domains: menstruation, menopause, sex education, and preventive healthcare. Each domain in turn had 5 issues (questions), with scores of 1 to 4 given according to the level of agreement with each issue (low to high score: strongly disagree, disagree, agree, and strongly agree). The total sum score for each domain was 5–20 (total score range: 20–80). Results The respondents’ attitudinal mean score was 57.78 ± 4.64 (range: 48–75). The multiple logistic regression model revealed that the factors of “workplace training in reproductive health” (OR = 1.793, 95% CI = 1.31–2.46), “felt satisfied with public reproductive health services for the client” (OR = 0.694, 95% CI = 0.53–0.92), and “scores of reproductive health knowledge” (OR = 1.735, 95% CI = 1.29–2.34) were significantly correlated with attitudinal score level toward gynaecological health for women with ID. Conclusions: The study highlights that service authorities should address health policy initiatives to continue providing workplace training in reproductive health, public reproductive health services. There is also a need for caregivers to increase their knowledge of reproductive health.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 36
Issue Number 3
Page from 149
Page to 155
ISSN 1366-8250
Date Accessioned 2011-10-11; 2012-02-14T04:06:41Z
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Care for Disabled; PRE2009-Health and Community Services
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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