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Men's perception of maternal mortality in Nigeria.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17717541     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Innovative and effective options toward reducing maternal mortality rates in African nations must include the active participation of all stakeholders. This study was carried out to assess men's level of knowledge and attitude to preventing maternal deaths. In a cross-sectional, community-based survey complemented with exploratory in-depth interviews, data were collected from men from different socio-economic areas using a two-stage cluster sampling technique. Mean age of the 316 respondents was 39.9 years (range 19-66). Nearly half (47.8%) knew someone who had died at childbirth. They blamed maternal deaths on healthcare workers not being skilled enough, financial barriers, failure to use family planning, emergency, antenatal, and delivery care services. Factors associated with knowledge and attitude to preventing maternal mortality are discussed. Healthcare reforms must be coupled with socio-economic improvements and efforts made to improve men's attitudes and knowledge in such a way as to make them active stakeholders, more supportive of preventing maternal mortality.
Taiwo O Lawoyin; Olusheyi O C Lawoyin; David A Adewole
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of public health policy     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0197-5897     ISO Abbreviation:  J Public Health Policy     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-24     Completed Date:  2008-01-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006508     Medline TA:  J Public Health Policy     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  299-318     Citation Subset:  IM    
Community Medicine, College of Medicine, UCH, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / psychology
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Interviews as Topic
Marital Status
Maternal Health Services
Maternal Mortality* / ethnology
Men / psychology*
Middle Aged
Social Perception*
Socioeconomic Factors
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J Public Health Policy. 2007;28(3):319-21   [PMID:  17717542 ]

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