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Journal of Preventive Medicine and Holistic Health

Determinants of Use of Maternal Health Services in Rural Field Practice Area of Basaveshwara Medical College, Chitradurga: A Cross Sectional Study

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Author Details: Kotresh M, Prashant kumar

Volume : 1

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2454-6712

Print ISSN : 2454-6704

Article First Page : 59

Article End Page : 66


Background: Millions of women in developing countries experience life threatening and other serious health problems related to pregnancy or childbirth. The situation is even worse in developing countries like India due to inadequate access to essential maternal health services and their poor utilization. The present study was carried out to know the factors associated with the utilization of maternal health services.
OBJECTIVES: To study the existing practices of utilization of maternal health care in rural area and to study the factors associated with health care seeking practices among post natal mothers.
METHODOLOGY: A cross sectional study was taken up in PHC area of Yalagodu which is a rural field practice area of the Department of Community medicine for a period of one year. All mothers aged 15-45yrs residing in rural field practice area, who had delivered in last 1 year at the time of study constituted the study sample.
Results and Conclusion: About 92% of the pregnancies were registered, of which 75% were registered in 1st trimester. About 62% of the respondents received full ANC. The prime factor responsible for not utilizing Full ANC was non consumption of recommended No. of IFA tablets (53%). The prime reason for noncompliance of IFA tablets was Acceptability (45%). Majority (93.5%) of the mothers had institutional delivery, acceptability (68.4%) and accessibility (44.4%). Postnatal services (53.3%) were the most neglected one. The most common reason for utilization was Acceptability (66.2%) and for non-utilization, lack of knowledge (93.7%).

Key Words: Utilization, Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability.