Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(10): 1595-1600

Knowledge of Down Syndrome among Down Syndrome Children’s Mothers In Riyadh Care Centers

Authors: Majed Naif Alosaimi, Anan Hassan Hakeem, Osamah Khalid Alfentokh, Ahmed Hassan Alsomali.

ABSTRACT

Background: Assessing the level of knowledge about Down Syndrome (DS) among the mothers of DS children might help in the development of effective strategies to increase the knowledge and awareness in general, and especially, in the areas of deficiencies. This study aimed to assess the level of knowledge in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Methodology: This cross-sectional study used a self-administered survey that was designed and modified to assess the DS children's mothers' knowledge during October 2018-January 2019. The surveys were distributed among eight care centers and completed by 211 mothers of DS children. Results: The majority of the mothers had good knowledge about DS. There was no statically significant association between the knowledge and mothers’ sociodemographic characteristics. The majority of mothers had a good and favorable attitude toward their children’s condition. The postnatal diagnosis of DS was delivered by a nurse, pediatrician, and obstetrics/gynecology physician. While only a minority received a prenatal diagnosis, 90% of DS children’s mothers were multiparas. Conclusions: Even though there was good knowledge about DS among mothers, the majority received the diagnosis of DS postnatal. This necessitates promoting awareness about the prenatal diagnostic test and prenatal genetic counseling specifically targeting older mothers and multiparas.

Keywords:
Knowledge, down syndrome, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, care centers.


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Authors
Majed Naif Alosaimi
Community and Preventive Medicine Department, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Anan Hassan Hakeem
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Osamah Khalid Alfentokh
General Physician, King Salman Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Ahmed Hassan Alsomali
Family Medicine Department, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Majed Naif Alosaimi, Community and Preventive Medicine Department, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.; dr_alosaimi@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 31 Aug 2020
Accepted 09 Sep 2020
Published online 02 Oct 2020
Published in print 11 Oct 2020

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Alosaimi MN, Hakeem AH, Alfentokh OK, Alsomali AH. Knowledge of Down Syndrome among Down Syndrome Children’s Mothers In Riyadh Care Centers. IJMDC. 2020; 4(10): 1595-1600. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598359450


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Alosaimi MN, Hakeem AH, Alfentokh OK, Alsomali AH. Knowledge of Down Syndrome among Down Syndrome Children’s Mothers In Riyadh Care Centers. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=128656 [Access: November 24, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598359450


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Alosaimi MN, Hakeem AH, Alfentokh OK, Alsomali AH. Knowledge of Down Syndrome among Down Syndrome Children’s Mothers In Riyadh Care Centers. IJMDC. 2020; 4(10): 1595-1600. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598359450


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Alosaimi MN, Hakeem AH, Alfentokh OK, Alsomali AH. Knowledge of Down Syndrome among Down Syndrome Children’s Mothers In Riyadh Care Centers. IJMDC. (2020), [cited November 24, 2020]; 4(10): 1595-1600. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598359450


Harvard Style

Alosaimi, M. N., Hakeem, . A. H., Alfentokh, . O. K. & Alsomali, . A. H. (2020) Knowledge of Down Syndrome among Down Syndrome Children’s Mothers In Riyadh Care Centers. IJMDC, 4 (10), 1595-1600. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598359450


Turabian Style

Alosaimi, Majed Naif, Anan Hassan Hakeem, Osamah Khalid Alfentokh, and Ahmed Hassan Alsomali. 2020. Knowledge of Down Syndrome among Down Syndrome Children’s Mothers In Riyadh Care Centers. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (10), 1595-1600. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598359450


Chicago Style

Alosaimi, Majed Naif, Anan Hassan Hakeem, Osamah Khalid Alfentokh, and Ahmed Hassan Alsomali. "Knowledge of Down Syndrome among Down Syndrome Children’s Mothers In Riyadh Care Centers." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 1595-1600. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598359450


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alosaimi, Majed Naif, Anan Hassan Hakeem, Osamah Khalid Alfentokh, and Ahmed Hassan Alsomali. "Knowledge of Down Syndrome among Down Syndrome Children’s Mothers In Riyadh Care Centers." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.10 (2020), 1595-1600. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598359450


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alosaimi, M. N., Hakeem, . A. H., Alfentokh, . O. K. & Alsomali, . A. H. (2020) Knowledge of Down Syndrome among Down Syndrome Children’s Mothers In Riyadh Care Centers. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (10), 1595-1600. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598359450


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