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Factors affecting utilization of Antenatal Care among women in urban slum areas of Islamabad.

Ali Yawar Alam, Akhtar Ali Qureshi, Malik Muhammad Adil, Hasan Ali.

Abstract
Objective: To identify the factors affecting the utilization of antenatal care among married women of reproductive age at two urban slum areas in Islamabad.
Methods: A Cross-sectional survey was carried out between October 2003 and April 2004 in two urban squatter settlements of Islamabad. Two hundred married women in the age range 15-49 years were interviewed. Socio-demographic characteristics of women who received and who did not receive antenatal care in their previous pregnancy were assessed by bivariate analysis and multivariate logistic regression.
Results: Antenatal care used in any of the previous pregnancy among women under study was 151(75.5%). Among the non-users, 37(75.5%) of women cited ignorance about the importance of antenatal care, 9(18.4%) said that antenatal care facility was far away, 3(6.1%) said that they could not get permission from home to go to the antenatal care facility. Education of wife (adjusted p=0.005) and education of husband (adjusted p=0.006) were significantly associated with utilization of antenatal care.
Conclusions: Utilization of antenatal care facilities is associated with educational status of women and their husbands. Benefits of antenatal care should be widely disseminated in the community. (Rawal Med J 2004;29:71-75)

Key words: Antenatal care, education, pregnancy, antenatal care facilities


 
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Alam AY, Qureshi AA, Adil MM, Ali H. Factors affecting utilization of Antenatal Care among women in urban slum areas of Islamabad. . RMJ. 2004; 29(2): 71-75.



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Alam AY, Qureshi AA, Adil MM, Ali H. Factors affecting utilization of Antenatal Care among women in urban slum areas of Islamabad. . RMJ. 2004; 29(2): 71-75.



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Alam AY, Qureshi AA, Adil MM, Ali H. Factors affecting utilization of Antenatal Care among women in urban slum areas of Islamabad. . RMJ. (2004), [cited August 21, 2017]; 29(2): 71-75.



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Alam, A. Y., Qureshi, A. A., Adil, M. M. & Ali, H. (2004) Factors affecting utilization of Antenatal Care among women in urban slum areas of Islamabad. . RMJ, 29 (2), 71-75.



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Alam, Ali Yawar, Akhtar Ali Qureshi, Malik Muhammad Adil, and Hasan Ali. 2004. Factors affecting utilization of Antenatal Care among women in urban slum areas of Islamabad. . Rawal Medical Journal, 29 (2), 71-75.



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Alam, Ali Yawar, Akhtar Ali Qureshi, Malik Muhammad Adil, and Hasan Ali. "Factors affecting utilization of Antenatal Care among women in urban slum areas of Islamabad. ." Rawal Medical Journal 29 (2004), 71-75.



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Alam, Ali Yawar, Akhtar Ali Qureshi, Malik Muhammad Adil, and Hasan Ali. "Factors affecting utilization of Antenatal Care among women in urban slum areas of Islamabad. ." Rawal Medical Journal 29.2 (2004), 71-75. Print.



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Alam, A. Y., Qureshi, A. A., Adil, M. M. & Ali, H. (2004) Factors affecting utilization of Antenatal Care among women in urban slum areas of Islamabad. . Rawal Medical Journal, 29 (2), 71-75.




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