Acta Scientific Nutritional Health (ASNH)(ISSN: 2582-1423)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 10

Knowledge and Training Needs on Child Nutrition of Health Workers in the Autonomous Community of Cantabria, Spain

Laura Monje Pardo1*, María Jesús Cabero Pérez2, Luis Gaite Pindado3, Rocío Cardeñoso4, Marta Fernández Teijeiro5, Jesús Lino Álvarez Granda2, Luis Alberto Moreno Aznar6,8, María Rodríguez Palmero9, Montserrat Rivero Urgell9 and Gerardo Rodríguez Martínez6,7

1Ordesa Chair of Child Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cantabria, Spain
2Pediatrics Service, University Hospital "Marqués de Valdecilla", Santander, Spain
3Evaluation Unit, Psychiatry Service, University Hospital "Marqués de Valdecilla", CIBERSAM, Santander, Spain
4Official College of Nursing, Cantabria, Spain
5Official College of Pharmacists of Cantabria, Spain
6GENUD Group (Growth, Exercise, Nutrition and Development), Instituto Agroalimentario de Aragón (IA2), Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón (IIS Aragón), University of Zaragoza, Spain
7Maternal Child Health and Development Network (SAMID), RETICS ISCIII, Spain
8Network Biomedical Research Centre for Obesity and Nutrition Physiopathology (CIBERObn), Spain
9Ordesa Chair of Child Nutrition. Ordesa Laboratories, Spain

*Corresponding Author: Laura Monje Pardo, Ordesa Chair of Child Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cantabria, Spain.

Received: September 15, 2020; Published: September 30, 2020



Introduction: Child nutrition Pediatric counseling is an important aspect of pediatric care and health professionals are often responsible for doing so. However, there are few studies on the level of knowledge of these professionals and what their training needs are to keep them up to date.

Objective: To provide information on child feeding knowledge and the training needs of pediatricians, pediatric nurses and pharmacists.

Methods: Postal, survey, anonymous, using a self-administered questionnaire of 104items, with four domains: breastfeeding, artificial breastfeeding, complementary feeding and obesity prevention. The questionnaire was distributed to all pharmacists, pediatricians and collegiate pediatric nurses practicing in Cantabria (Spain). Differences between professions were earned through the Kruskal-Wallis test.

Results: The overall participation rate was 73.6%(495/672); 73.6% (368/500) among pharmacists; 68.0% (83/122) among paediatricians and 88.0% (44/50) among nurses. The median percentage of correct responses was 80.4%(IQR 26.2) and the lowest scores were relative to complementary feeding: 66.0%(IQR 27.2). Pediatric pediatricians and nurses scored higher than pharmacists on breastfeeding and complementary feeding (p < .05). Most respondents (98.0%) they had advised on child nutrition during the previous month; 93.0% believed they needed more nutrition training and 81.0% preferred to take online courses.

Conclusions: Professionals show a good knowledge about child nutrition, but there are disparities between the different professions. More continuous training is needed, with special emphasis on complementary feeding.

Keywords: Pediatrics; Nutrition; Feeding Behavior; Food; Continuing Education; Knowledge



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Citation: Laura Monje Pardo., et al. “Knowledge and Training Needs on Child Nutrition of Health Workers in the Autonomous Community of Cantabria, Spain".Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 4.10 (2020): 57-65.


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