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Infant and Young Child Feeding in Croatian Nursing Programs: A Cross-Sectional Analysis

Ana Vidović Roguljić orcid id ; Health Center, Split, Croatia
Irena Zakarija-Grković ; Department of Family Medicine, Department of Clinical Skills, University of Split School of Medicine, Split, Croatia

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 215 Kb

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Introduction. Breastfeeding rates in Croatia are far from WHO recommendations, with only 8% of women exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months. Nurses play a key role in supporting optimal infant feeding; therefore, their undergraduate training should cover this topic.

Aim. The aim of this study was to determine if infant feeding is part of undergraduate nursing programs in Croatia, and to analyse relevant textbooks.

Methods. Between January and March 2019, all pulicly available nursing undergraduate curricula (N=9) for the 2018/2019 academic year were assessed. Required textbooks were analysed by two independent assessors using the WHO Infant and Young Child Feeding: Model Chapter for textbooks for medical students and allied health professionals.

Results. Infant feeding was included in all the curricula. The mean number of topics from the Model Chapter covered in the four evaluated textbooks was 30.4%, of which 2.7% were classified as correct and thorough, 21% as correct and brief, and 6.7% as incorrect. Fields most poorly covered were: ‘Policy, health system and community actions’ and ‘Appropriate feeding in exceptionally difficult circumstances’.

Discussion. This is one of only a few published studies looking at nursing textbook content related to infant feeding. Less than a third of topics, considered mandatory for health professional education, were covered in the required textbooks.

Conclusion. Even though infant feeding was part of all assessed nursing curricula in Croatia, the required textbooks were largely outdated, incomplete and at times incorrect.

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breastfeeding, Croatia, education, infant and young child feeding, nursing curricula, Model Chapter, nurses

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