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Frequency and timing of antenatal care in Kenya: explaining the variations between women of different communities

Frequency and timing of antenatal care in Kenya: explaining the variations between women of different communities
Frequency and timing of antenatal care in Kenya: explaining the variations between women of different communities
Appropriate antenatal care is important in identifying and mitigating risk factors in pregnancy but many mothers in the developing world do not receive such care. This paper uses data from the 1993 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey to study the variations in the use of antenatal services in Kenya. The analysis is based on modelling the frequency and timing of antenatal visits using three-level linear regression models. The results show that the use of antenatal care in Kenya is associated with a range of socio-economic, cultural and reproductive factors. The availability and accessibility of health services and the desirability of a pregnancy are also important. Use of antenatal care is infrequent for unwanted and mistimed pregnancies; even women who use antenatal care frequently appear to be less consistent if a pregnancy is mistimed. The results also indicate that women are highly consistent in the use of antenatal care during pregnancies. The intra-woman correlation coefficient for the frequency of antenatal visits ranges between 50% and 80% with greater correlation for wanted pregnancies to women in urban areas.
antenatal care, multilevel linear models, random coefficient models, intra-unit correlation, Kenya
0277-9536
551-561
Magadi, Monica Akinyi
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Madise, Nyovani Janet
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Rodrigues, Roberto Nascimento
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Magadi, Monica Akinyi
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Madise, Nyovani Janet
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Rodrigues, Roberto Nascimento
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Magadi, Monica Akinyi, Madise, Nyovani Janet and Rodrigues, Roberto Nascimento (2000) Frequency and timing of antenatal care in Kenya: explaining the variations between women of different communities. Social Science & Medicine, 51 (4), 551-561. (doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(99)00495-5).

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Abstract

Appropriate antenatal care is important in identifying and mitigating risk factors in pregnancy but many mothers in the developing world do not receive such care. This paper uses data from the 1993 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey to study the variations in the use of antenatal services in Kenya. The analysis is based on modelling the frequency and timing of antenatal visits using three-level linear regression models. The results show that the use of antenatal care in Kenya is associated with a range of socio-economic, cultural and reproductive factors. The availability and accessibility of health services and the desirability of a pregnancy are also important. Use of antenatal care is infrequent for unwanted and mistimed pregnancies; even women who use antenatal care frequently appear to be less consistent if a pregnancy is mistimed. The results also indicate that women are highly consistent in the use of antenatal care during pregnancies. The intra-woman correlation coefficient for the frequency of antenatal visits ranges between 50% and 80% with greater correlation for wanted pregnancies to women in urban areas.

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Published date: 2000
Keywords: antenatal care, multilevel linear models, random coefficient models, intra-unit correlation, Kenya

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Local EPrints ID: 34248
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34248
ISSN: 0277-9536
PURE UUID: e1f7d345-cb43-4f2f-82e3-2beafcd4cc87
ORCID for Nyovani Janet Madise: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2813-5295

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Date deposited: 26 Jul 2006
Last modified: 25 Nov 2021 18:10

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Author: Monica Akinyi Magadi
Author: Nyovani Janet Madise ORCID iD
Author: Roberto Nascimento Rodrigues

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