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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 103-109

A study to assess the utilisation of health services by pregnant women in rural area of Vadodara district


Department of Management, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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Medha Wadhwa
Department of Management, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Piparia, Vadodara, Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/AIHB.AIHB_38_20

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Introduction: A healthy society is indicated by not merely the absence of disease or low mortality/morbidity status but rather the different dimensions of health of the population of a society. The sound maternal health status is always the intention of any nation as it reflects many dimensions of the society. However, in India, there is a huge gap in the services offered and utilised at rural and urban areas. The considerable efforts by government by which the foundation of healthcare sector of the nation be made strong cannot deliver the fruitful results. The present study aims to assess the utilisation of maternal health services and the factors associated with it.Methodology: The present study was undertaken in Waghodia taluka of Vadodara district. The Waghodia taluka has four primary health centres (PHCs). The duration of the study was 9 months. The proportionate stratified sampling was used to assess the utilisation of maternal health services in four PHCs. The sample of the study was 1333. The study design was a prospective cohort study as the sample were followed up to determine their category of utilisation of antenatal care services. The data were analysed using SPSS version 21. Results: Nearly 65.3% of the pregnant women have utilised the antenatal services in an ideal manner, 28.5% in the moderate utilisation category and 6.2% in the undesirable category. There is an association between the predisposing factors such as age of respondent, education of respondent and her husband, occupation of respondent and her husband and level of autonomy of the respondent. The need factors are also statistically significantly associated with the category of utilisation of antenatal services. The majority of the pregnant women with hypertension and diabetes are utilising the services in an ideal manner. Conclusion: The majority of the pregnant women in rural area of Vadodara are utilising the antenatal services in an ideal manner, but the focus should be on the pregnant women who are unable to utilise these services properly. The proper utilisation of antenatal services by the pregnant women would help in the sustainable development of our country.


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