Development of Guidelines to Improve Client-Centred Childbirth Services in Ghana

Avortri, Gertrude Sika (2015) Development of Guidelines to Improve Client-Centred Childbirth Services in Ghana. PhD thesis, University of South Africa.

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This study was carried out as part of efforts to better understand the factors that impinge on childbirth service delivery and to develop guidelines to help improve the quality and safety of childbirth services in Ghana. The objectives were to: assess the factors that influence client-centredness; explore women’s and health professional’s views of and experiences with client-centred childbirth services; and develop guidelines to assist improve client-centred childbirth services in hospitals.The fixed mixed methods design comprising both quantitative and qualitative methods was employed. Structured questionnaire and exit interviews were used to gather data from 754 women who delivered in the hospitals. Furthermore, in-depth interviews were used to examine the experiences of women, doctors and midwives. STATA MP Version 13 was used to analyse the data by generating frequencies, chi-square and binary logistic regression results. Qualitative data analysis was analysed through data reduction, data display and generation of themes and categories. The process of developing the guidelines comprised: drafting based on the findings of the study and additional literature review, and a number of reviews by senior health professionls to build consesnsus on the content. With a response rate of 97.8%, the results indicated average performance. A number of the items examined under demographic characteristics, ante-natal, labour and postnatal care were significantly associated with the experience of excellent client-centred care. These included: number of weeks pregnant before delivery; health professional who assisted with delivery; mode of delivery; labour pain management; and length of stay after delivery.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Africana
Depositing User: Martin Lucas Mkoba
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2016 10:17
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2016 10:17

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