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Determinants of health care seeking behaviour during pregnancy in Ogun State, Nigeria

Overview of attention for article published in Reproductive Health, June 2016
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Determinants of health care seeking behaviour during pregnancy in Ogun State, Nigeria
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Reproductive Health, June 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12978-016-0139-7
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David O. Akeju, Olufemi T. Oladapo, Marianne Vidler, Adepoju A. Akinmade, Diane Sawchuck, Rahat Qureshi, Muftaut Solarin, Olalekan O. Adetoro, Peter von Dadelszen


In Nigeria, women too often suffer the consequences of serious obstetric complications that may lead to death. Delay in seeking care (phase I delay) is a recognized contributor to adverse pregnancy outcomes. This qualitative study aimed to describe the health care seeking practices in pregnancy, as well as the socio-cultural factors that influence these actions. The study was conducted in Ogun State, in south-western Nigeria. Data were collected through focus group discussions with pregnant women, recently pregnant mothers, male decision-makers, opinion leaders, traditional birth attendants, health workers, and health administrators. A thematic analysis approach was used with QSR NVivo version 10. Findings show that women utilized multiple care givers during pregnancy, with a preference for traditional providers. There was a strong sense of trust in traditional medicine, particularly that provided by traditional birth attendants who are long-term residents in the community. The patriarchal c influenced health-seeking behaviour in pregnancy. Economic factors contributed to the delay in access to appropriate services. There was a consistent concern regarding the cost barrier in accessing health services. The challenges of accessing services were well recognised and these were greater when referral was to a higher level of care which in most cases attracted unaffordable costs. While the high cost of care is a deterrent to health seeking behaviour, the cost of death of a woman or a child to the family and community is immeasurable. The use of innovative mechanisms for health care financing may be beneficial for women in these communities to reduce the barrier of high cost services. To reduce maternal deaths all stakeholders must be engaged in the process including policy makers, opinion leaders, health care consumers and providers. Underlying socio-cultural factors, such as structure of patriarchy, must also be addressed to sustainably improve maternal health. NCT01911494.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 218 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 56 26%
Researcher 25 11%
Student > Bachelor 22 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 21 10%
Student > Postgraduate 17 8%
Other 43 20%
Unknown 34 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 53 24%
Nursing and Health Professions 49 22%
Social Sciences 27 12%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 7 3%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 6 3%
Other 30 14%
Unknown 46 21%

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