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Enfermería Global

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Abstract

LAZA VASQUEZ, C.  and  SANCHEZ VANEGAS, G.. Inquiry based on knowledge, attitudes & practices in women's reproductive health: some insights from research. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.26, pp.408-415. ISSN 1695-6141.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1695-61412012000200025.

Maternal morbidity is one of the first causes of women's welfare alteration in the less-developed countries; therefore, their reproductive health has been a research priority in most of these societies. However, the dominance of the clinical/biomedical research on this topic has been notable, and shown the gap and need for studies reporting this phenomenon from an integral perspective. The Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) studies are an alternative design to approaching this complex situation. The KAP proposal offers a comprehensive approach to understanding the behaviors related to people's health through its three main components, and its results have been cornerstone for the situation diagnoses, leading to the creation, execution and evaluation of sanitary programs. Hence, the objective of this paper is to show and to discuss some evidences related to the utility of this approach in women's reproductive health.

Keywords : Knowledge; Attitudes; Practices; Reproductive health; Research.

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