Knowledge, utilization and clients’ satisfaction with antenatal care services in Primary Health Care Centres, in Ikenne Local Government Area, Ogun State, Nigeria
Keywords:Antenatal care, Client satisfaction, Health education, Knowledge, Nigeria
Background: Clients’ satisfaction with the quality of care in an antenatal clinic is the extent to which the health care system meets the clients’ expectations, aims and choices.
Objective: To assess the clients’ knowledge and satisfaction with antenatal care (ANC) services in Primary Health Centres in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, Nigeria.
Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 380 registered pregnant women who were selected using a multistage sampling method. The data were collected using a structured interviewer-administered questionnaire, constructed from a review of the Safe Motherhood Needs Assessment package and other available literature on antenatal care.
Results: The mean age of the respondents was 27.8±5.5 years. The majority were married (91.6%). Health education was the leading ANC activity recognized by 98.7% of the respondents. Knowledge was poor as only 46.1% had good knowledge of at least 50% of total knowledge score. Overall, satisfaction with the services was good as the majority (96.8%) of the respondents were satisfied with the services. Marital status, number of antenatal visits and level of education were statistically significantly associated with the level of satisfaction (p < 0.001, 0.02 and 0.007 respectively).
Conclusion: Though the knowledge of ANC was poor, overall satisfaction level was good. Programmes that improve maternal knowledge about ANC should be emphasized in PHCs.
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