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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2001;7(4):579-595.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2001.7.4.579   
A Study on the Home Health Care Needs of Postpartum Women
Youn Ja Yoo
Department of Nursing, Ulsan College, Korea.
Abstract
This study was carried out to understand the home health care needs of postpartum women during the postpartum period. The goal of this study was to obtain data needed to develope postpartum home health care programs and to improve the nursing quality for postpartum women. A convenient sample of 105 healthy women who were discharged after delivery at a maternity hospital in Ulsan, Korea were studied from January 25 to April 15, 2001. Data collection was done with a structured questionnaire (maternal concerns questionnaire) by mailing. Data was collected from 1 to 4 weeks after delivery. The Results of this study were as follows: 1. The mean score of home health care need of postpartum women was 2.51. The degree of nursing need according to the category of home health care needs was 'concerns about the infant (2.91 +/- .68)', 'maternal physical and emotional concerns (2.62 +/- .52)', 'concerns related to the husband (2.45+/-73)', 'concerns related to the family (2.16+/-.64)', 'concerns related to the community (2.03+/-.60)' in rank. Among the items, 'recognizing illness in the newborn (3.36+/-.83)', 'normal growth and development (3.33+/-.92)' were high. 2. Among items of concerns about infant (2.91+/-.68), 'recognizing illness in the newborn (3.36+/-.83)', 'normal growth and development (3.33+/-.52)' showed high nursing needs. 3. Among items of maternal physical and emotional concerns (2.62+/-.52), 'being a good mother (3.31=/-.86)', 'return of their figures to normal (3.04+/-1.05) showed high nursing needs. 4. Among items of concerns about husband (2.45+/-.73), 'husband being a good father (2.84+/-1.00) shows high nursing needs. 5. Among items of concerns related to the community (2.03+/-.60), 'getting to health care facilities (2.69+/-.90) shows high nursing needs. 6. On considering the relationship between the postpartum women s home health care needs and their general characteristics, parity (t=2.436, p=.017) and delivery type (t=2.074, p=.041) were statistically significant.


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