Andersen’s Behavioral Model of Health Services Utilization guided the selection of covariates in the regression model.Women with secondary and higher education were more likely to utilize the desirable maternal health care package (RRR = 4.5; 95 % CI = 1.5-14.0), compared to those who had none (reference = undesirable MHS package).
Andersen’s Behavioral Model of Health Services Utilization guided the selection of covariates in the regression model.
Women with a secondary and higher education, and those of higher income levels, were more likely to utilize the ideal maternal health services package.
Therefore, there is need to formulate policies and design maternal health services programs that target the socially marginalized women.
This paper contributes towards enhanced understanding of factors that influence uptake of maternal health services in Uganda, based on a combined indicator of skilled attendance at delivery, antenatal care and post-natal care.
The 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) data were used for this study.
Previous Ugandan studies have only addressed one of the components of maternal health care and not all at ago [6, 13–15].
R/Research Paper-271.Txt 271 Cover Letter End Paragraph
This study investigated the predictors of utilization of maternal health services encompassing prenatal, delivery care and post-delivery.
Utilization of post-natal care (PNC) services is related to the level of awareness of the services, women’s occupation, ethnicity, the number of pregnancies and children, and the husbands’ socioeconomic status, occupation and education .
In addition, women experiencing health problems were strongly motivated to seek postnatal care.
Uganda’s poor maternal health indicators have resulted from weak maternal health services delivery, including access to quality family planning, skilled birth attendance, emergency obstetric care, and postnatal care for mothers and newborns.
This paper investigated the predictors of maternal health services (MHS) utilization characterized as: desirable, moderate and undesirable.