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The quality of Antenatal care and its determinants in women of reproductive age in Pakistan: A cross-sectional study using Pakistan's Demographic Health survey data 2012-13
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Antenatal care (ANC) coverage rates have increased in Pakistan, but little is known about its quality. This study investigated the prevalence and factors associated with the quality of ANC in Pakistan.

Methods: Based on cross-sectional data from Pakistan’s Demographic and Health Survey 2012-13, this study evaluated 5,522 women aged 15-49 years having at least one ANC consultation in their last pregnancy for the receipt of quality antenatal care. It was measured in terms of access and effectiveness (early initiation, four or more ANC visits, care by a skilled provider, and receipt of seven basic components of focused ANC) and was assessed for its association with structural, household, and individual factors. Sampling weights and generalized linear mixed-effects models were used.

Results: ANC coverage was 71% and 38% for one and ≥ 4 visits, respectively. The prevalence of ANC quality was 11%. Higher household wealth and maternal educational level, older maternal age, lower gravidity status, and bad obstetric history significantly increased the odds of receiving quality care, whereas, living in Balochistan and Sindh provinces and attending non-formal care sources was associated with lower odds of getting quality care. Among the basic ANC components, blood pressure measurement was most frequently, whereas, health education was least frequently provided.

Conclusions: Due to suboptimal quality, antenatal care in Pakistan is unlikely to achieve its potential to reduce the maternal and perinatal burden of disease. There is a dire need to address socio-demographic inequality in the receipt of quality ANC and to target the underprivileged.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 84 p.
Keyword [en]
Quality, Antenatal care, Determinants, Demographic Health Survey, Pakistan
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296612OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296612DiVA: diva2:939026
Subject / course
Public Health C, Degree Project
Educational program
Master Programme in International Health
Available from: 2016-06-17 Created: 2016-06-17 Last updated: 2016-06-17Bibliographically approved

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