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Asia Pac J Public Health. 2015 Mar;27(2):NP1389-97. doi: 10.1177/1010539513487011. Epub 2013 May 10.

Regional differences of maternal health care utilization in China.

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1
Wannan Medical College, Wuhu, China.
2
Anhui Medical University, Hefei, China 529703049@qq.com.
3
Anhui Medical University, Hefei, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe regional differences in maternal health care (MHC) utilization in China.

STUDY DESIGN:

Cross-sectional comparisons of 4 MHC utilization indicators, namely, early (13 weeks within pregnancy) examinations rate (EER), prenatal examination (>4 times) rate (PER), hospital delivery rate (HDR), and postnatal visit (>1 time) rate (PVR), using index of dissimilarity (ID), linear correlation analysis, and geographical mapping.

RESULTS:

Significant differences existed across regions in all the indicators (P < .01). All the IDs for rural areas were higher than that for urban areas. The IDs for major regions ranged from 0.01 to 0.27. Linear correlation coefficients between MHC utilization indicators by regions varied from 0.007 to 0.889 (in absolute value, P < .05). Characteristic formats of geographical distribution were found with PER, EER, HDR, and PVR being in "high-plateau," "low-plateau," and "shifting" patterns, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

There exist substantial regional discrepancies in MHC utilization in China and future MHC-related policies should take account regional context.

KEYWORDS:

MHC-related policies; health services; maternal health care (MHC); regional differences; service utilization

PMID:
23666840
DOI:
10.1177/1010539513487011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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