Researchers conducted this study to assess the knowledge of preconception care and associated factors among healthcare providers working in public health institutions in Awi zone, North West Ethiopia.

An institutional-based cross-sectional study was conducted among 660 healthcare providers operating in public health institutions in North West Ethiopia. A pretested structured self-administered questionnaire was used to collect the data from individual healthcare providers selected randomly using a multistage sampling technique. The data entry and analysis were conducted using SPSS version 25 software. Frequency, proportions, means, and standard deviations were used to describe the data.

Among the total of 660 healthcare providers, 344 had good knowledge of preconception care. The odds ratio of having good experience of preconception care was high among healthcare providers working at hospitals, using smartphones, presence of preconception care guidelines at health institutions, taking training on preconception care education and counseling, taking training about the human immune virus, and attending training on increasing public awareness of preconception health and care which were independent predictors associated with knowledge of preconception care among healthcare providers.

The administration should enhance updated training on preconception and linkage of internet service with healthcare providers’ health service.

Reference: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jp/2020/6978171/