Breastfeeding and Australian GP registrars: their knowledge and attitudes

Brodribb, Wendy and Fallon, Anthony and Jackson, Claire and Hegney, Desley (2008) Breastfeeding and Australian GP registrars: their knowledge and attitudes. Journal of Human Lactation, 24 (4). pp. 422-430. ISSN 0890-3344


The aim of this study was to identify the breastfeeding attitudes and knowledge of a sample of Australian general practice (GP) registrars and investigate how confident and effective they thought their interactions with breastfeeding women were. Between February and May 2007, a 90-item questionnaire containing demographic, attitude, and knowledge items was distributed to final-year Australian GP registrars. The mean attitude score (5 = maximum score) was 3.99. The mean knowledge score (5 = maximum score) was 3.40, indicating some degree of breastfeeding knowledge. However, 40% of the knowledge items were answered incorrectly by the majority of participants. Approximately 40% of the cohort were confident and thought they were effective assisting breastfeeding women. Having more than 26 weeks personal experience with breastfeeding (self or partner) increased breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and effectiveness. Further targeted training is needed to improve Australian GP registrars' breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and effectiveness.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Copyright 2008 International Lactation Consultant Association. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 02:23
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2014 02:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: breastfeeding attitudes; breastfeeding knowledge; general practice; physicians
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0890334408323547

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