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Healthcare utilization, socioeconomic factors and child health in India

Healthcare utilization, socioeconomic factors and child health in India
Healthcare utilization, socioeconomic factors and child health in India
This paper modelled the proximate determinants of height, weight and hemoglobin concentration of over 25,000 Indian children using data from the National Family Health Survey-3. The effects of healthcare services utilization, food consumption patterns and maternal health status on child health were investigated in a multidisciplinary framework. The results from models for birth weight and size showed that antenatal care, birth intervals, and maternal education, food consumption patterns and nutritional status were significant predictors. Second, models for children’s heights and weight showed beneficial effects of child vaccinations against DPT, polio, and measles, and negative effects of not utilizing government health facilities. Methodological issues such as potential endogeneity of birth variables and appropriateness of combining height and weight as the Body Mass Index were tackled. Third, models for children’s hemoglobin concentration indicated beneficial effects of food consumption patterns, treatment against intestinal parasites and maternal BMI. Finally, models were estimated for maternal weight and hemoglobin concentration. Overall, the results provide policy insights for improving maternal and child health in India
0021-9320
701-715
Alok, Bhargava
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Guntupalli, Aravinda Meera
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Lokshin, Michael
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Alok, Bhargava
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Guntupalli, Aravinda Meera
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Lokshin, Michael
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Alok, Bhargava, Guntupalli, Aravinda Meera and Lokshin, Michael (2011) Healthcare utilization, socioeconomic factors and child health in India. Journal of Biosocial Science, 43 (6), 701-715. (doi:10.1017/S0021932011000241).

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This paper modelled the proximate determinants of height, weight and hemoglobin concentration of over 25,000 Indian children using data from the National Family Health Survey-3. The effects of healthcare services utilization, food consumption patterns and maternal health status on child health were investigated in a multidisciplinary framework. The results from models for birth weight and size showed that antenatal care, birth intervals, and maternal education, food consumption patterns and nutritional status were significant predictors. Second, models for children’s heights and weight showed beneficial effects of child vaccinations against DPT, polio, and measles, and negative effects of not utilizing government health facilities. Methodological issues such as potential endogeneity of birth variables and appropriateness of combining height and weight as the Body Mass Index were tackled. Third, models for children’s hemoglobin concentration indicated beneficial effects of food consumption patterns, treatment against intestinal parasites and maternal BMI. Finally, models were estimated for maternal weight and hemoglobin concentration. Overall, the results provide policy insights for improving maternal and child health in India

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Published date: November 2011
Organisations: Social Statistics

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Local EPrints ID: 180789
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/180789
ISSN: 0021-9320
PURE UUID: 28551120-fbc0-4e15-8b57-e3c6699a5b14

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Date deposited: 06 May 2011 08:55
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:00

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