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A study on the common superstitious health beliefs and practices among randomly selected pregnant women in Punta Engaño, Mactan, Cebu.

Marissa B. Lozada

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Objectives: To identify the superstitious health beliefs and practices of pregnant women in Punta Engaño, Mactan, Cebu. Design: Descriptive cross- sectional study. Setting: Punta Engaño, going to barangay health center for prenatal care. Methodology: The questionnaire were administered by personal interview of 37 randomly selected pregnant women going to to the Punta Engaño barangay health center for prenatal check- ups.Data collection was done from June to October, 2006. Demographic characteristics and data on adherence to beliefs and practices of respondents were assessed using descriptive statistics. Results: The 37 subjects included in the study have a mean age of 28.34. Majority of whom belonging o the 21 - 25 years old age bracket (29.72%), primigravida (29.72%), and 31-35 weeks of gestation (29.72%) . There were 30 superstitious health practices and considered either beneficial or not causing harm, while 6 (20%) were found to be negative or potentially harmful. Conclusion: This study showed that despite modernization, there still exists harmful health practices that need to be addressed in order to promote and increase chances of safe delivery and consequently prevent morbidity and mortality.

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Journal Article, Original
The Filipino Family Physician
Publication Date
June 2008
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