Perceived Informatics Competencies among Midwives: A Cross-Sectional Study in the Sunyani Municipality of Ghana.
Keywords:Informatics, Competencies, Midwives, Technology
In most recent times, data innovation is a vital component of the medical care sector and allows healthcare authorities to possess primary technological expertise to control and use technology to provide care, as well as computer skills. Midwives are expected to provide quality and efficient care to their clients in this rapid advancement in ICT across the globe hence the need to build the knowledge and skills in the application of ICT. The survey sort to determine the informatics competencies among midwives in some randomly selected health care facilities in the Sunyani Municipality of Ghana.
A quantitative-based cross-sectional study design was used for this inquiry. Using the quota sampling method, 300 respondents were recruited from six (6) randomly selected health facilities using the electronic data management system in their operations.
It was also found out that the majority of the respondents have basic knowledge of computers and their application across the professional ranks totals mean and standard deviation of 4.2, 0.36. There was no significant relationship between informatics competencies across professional ranks and working experience in years of the midwives.
It can be concluded that most of the midwives interviewed were in their youthful ages and started practicing with diplomas. We found out that the majority of the midwives have basic knowledge in computers and could apply this knowledge in the performance of basic tasks and also have a fair knowledge and skills in informatics as well. There was no relationship between knowledge and educational level and professional rank.
It was, therefore, suggested that the curriculum for midwifery informatics be reviewed to include other advanced programs and periodic organization of training programs or workshops for practicing midwives.
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