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Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

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FIGUEROA-PEDRAZA, Dixis  and  NEVES DE ARAUJO, Erika Morganna. Use of mother and child healthcare services according to social and demographic characteristics in a city in Paraíba, Brazil. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2016, vol.67, n.2, pp.112-119. ISSN 0034-7434.

Objective: To analyse the type of service used (public or private) for antenatal care and during delivery and post-partum according to maternal social and demographic characteristics in the city of Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil. Materials and methods: Cross-sectional analytical study of 633 mothers with children under one year of age who were surveyed in order to gather social, demographic, antenatal, partum and post- partum data, including the type of service used. The association between maternal social and demographic characteristics and the type of service used was analysed. Results: The usage of public services was 77% for antenatal care and 80.1% for delivery/puerperium. A systematic difference was found in the use of public services among women with a lower level of schooling (PR = 1.31 95% CI: 1.14-1.43) and families covered by the social programme (PR = 1.28 95 % CI: 1.14-1.33). Conclusion: Findings highlight inequalities in the use of antenatal and partum/post-partum healthcare services.

Keywords : Healthcare service provision; mother and child health care services; socioeconomic factors.

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