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Genital Hygiene Behaviors of Midwives and Nurses Working In Primary Healthcare Services and The Associated Factors
Aliye Bulut
1Bingol University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Nursing Department, Bingöl, Turkey Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine the genital hygiene behaviors of midwives and nurses working in primary care services and the associated factors.

Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 16 Family Health Centers (FHCs) and 1 Community Health Center in Bingöl and the population of the study consisted of 61 midwives and 65 nurses. The questionnaire prepared by the researchers based on the literature has two parts. The first part of the questionnaire is composed of descriptive questions questioning socio-demographic characteristics and the second part is composed of Genital Hygiene Behaviors Inventory (GHBI).

Results: When the comparison of Genital Hygiene Behaviors of the midwives and nurses in terms of their descriptive characteristics was examined, it was determined that there was no significant difference between GHBI scores of the midwives and nurses except for educational level (midwife: 85.4±10.9, nurses: 83.9±9.0 points) (p>0.05).

Conclusion: As a result of the study, the deficiencies about the genital hygiene behaviors of midwives and nurses were determined, and it was suggested to support these deficiencies through education. It is recommended to make inservice trainings regular and functional in primary healthcare services and for the specialists who are an expert in their areas to provide these trainings. Keywords : Genital hygiene, primary health care, nurses, midwives