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Women's preferences for maternal healthcare services in Bangladesh: evidence from a discrete choice experiment

Mahumud, Rashidul Alam, Alamgir, Nadia Ishrat, Hossain, Md. Tarek, Baruwa, Elaine, Sultana, Marufa, Gow, Jeff, Alam, Khorshed, Ahmed, Syed Masud and Khan, Jahangir AM 2019, Women's preferences for maternal healthcare services in Bangladesh: evidence from a discrete choice experiment, Journal of clinical medicine, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 1-21, doi: 10.3390/jcm8020132.

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Title Women's preferences for maternal healthcare services in Bangladesh: evidence from a discrete choice experiment
Author(s) Mahumud, Rashidul Alam
Alamgir, Nadia Ishrat
Hossain, Md. Tarek
Baruwa, Elaine
Sultana, Marufa
Gow, Jeff
Alam, Khorshed
Ahmed, Syed Masud
Khan, Jahangir AM
Journal name Journal of clinical medicine
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Article ID 132
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2019-02
ISSN 2077-0383
2077-0383
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
discrete choice experiment
maternal healthcare
demand for healthcare
healthcare services
Bangladesh
Summary Despite substantial improvements in several maternal health indicators, childbearing and birthing remain a dangerous experience for many women in Bangladesh. This study assessed the relative importance of maternal healthcare service characteristics to Bangladeshi women when choosing a health facility to deliver their babies. The study used a mixed-methods approach. Qualitative methods (expert interviews, focus group discussions) were initially employed to identify and develop the characteristics which most influence a women’s decision making when selecting a maternal health service facility. A discrete choice experiment (DCE) was then constructed to elicit women’s preferences. Women were shown choice scenarios representing hypothetical health facilities with nine attributes outlined. The women were then asked to rank the attributes they considered most important in the delivery of their future babies. A Hierarchical Bayes method was used to measure mean utility parameters. A total of 601 women completed the DCE survey. The model demonstrated significant predictive strength for actual facility choice for maternal health services. The most important attributes were the following: consistent access to a female doctor, the availability of branded drugs, respectful provider attitudes, a continuum of maternal healthcare including the availability of a C-section delivery and lesser waiting times. Attended maternal healthcare utilisation rates are low despite the access to primary healthcare facilities. Further implementation of quality improvements in maternal healthcare facilities should be prioritised.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/jcm8020132
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1103 Clinical Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30145550

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