Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to know the Sheng-Hwa-Tang knowledge levels of post-partum women in Taiwan.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to the understand the efficacy of Sheng-Hwa-Tang, which is recognized to post-partum women in Taiwan.
It is believe among Chinese women that there are three chances in timing, menarche, post-partum, and menopause, to modulate their body constitution. To grab the second chance of modulation, Chinese women will take very seriously in post-partum care, especially in food and traditional Chinese medication such as Sheng-Hwa-Tang, for uterus reconstruction, blood cultivation, circulation activation, and extravagated blood cleaning. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between knowledge and efficacy of Sheng-Hwa-Tang and resource of prescription among post-partum women.
A cross-sectional study design with questionnaires, based on a large study, was used to collect what levels of understanding toward Sheng-Hwa-Tang post-partum women used and where Sheng-Hwa-Tang prescription they obtained. A total of 1219 participants from northern, midland, and southern Taiwan was recruited with inform consents approved by IRB of Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital.
This study found that majority of participants used Sheng-Hwa-Tang (63.2%). The Sheng-Hwa-Tang knowledge of post-partum women showed insufficiency(5.4±2.4 compare with 14 of total score). Noteworthy that whether experience of using Sheng-Hwa-Tang or not, there were no significant difference of knowledge levels between primipara or multipara. Yet, the knowledge of Sheng-Hwa-Tang likelihood influence decision-making of whether use Sheng-Hwa-Tang or not(p<0.001, used 5.75±2.3 vs. not to use 4.52±2.2).
The results of this study showed the insufficiency knowledge of Sheng-Hwa-Tang which is valued and frequent use in post-partum care in Chinese society. It is very urgent to educate in post-partum nursing care to avoid adverse effects and abuse episodes of Sheng-Hwa-Tang, such as bleeding and even life threatened.
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