Everlyn Morema


Preconception care is the provision of biomedical, behavioral and social interventions to women and couples before conception occurs to address health problems, behaviors that could lead to health problems, and individual or environmental risk factors that could contribute to maternal or childhood mortality and morbidity. Globally the prevalence of preconception care engagement remains sub optimal. This could be related to health provider’s factors that can hinder implementation of the services as well as making them unappealing to the possible users. this study sought to explore the perceptions of nurses in Kisumu County of Kenya on preconception care with a view of increasing PCC engagements. It specifically sought to explore the provider’s perceptions on what preconception is, their perceptions of their knowledge on the components of PCC, their perception on the benefit of PCC and the challenges that may hinder their PCC engagements. Qualitative data was collected in focused group discussions using a guide to elicit the perception of nurses on preconception care. Thematic analysis technique was used to make meaning of the collected data. Nurses were found to have a general idea of what preconception care is although they perceived that the knowledge they have is inadequate to enable them to competently provide PCC. Further, the study elicited what nurses perceived as hindrances to PCC to include shortages of staff, laboratory services, monitoring and evaluation of PCC and lack of awareness on the part of the users. The results will inform entities looking to promote preconception care adoption.


perceptions, nurses, preconception

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