Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2007  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 224--228

Patients«SQ» perception of obstetric practice in Calabar, Nigeria


AE Oyo-Ita, SJ Etuk, BM Ikpeme, SS Ameh, EN Nsan 
 Department of Community Health, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria

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A E Oyo-Ita
Department of Community Health, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria

OBJECTIVE: To determine the influence of patients«SQ» perception of obstetric practice in Calabar on the low utilization of health facilities for delivery. METHODS: The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, the general hospital and eight private clinics in Calabar were visited daily for a period of one month to interview postnatal mothers. This was to ascertain the mothers«SQ» perception of obstetric care in these facilities and their attitude towards some selected birth practices. RESULTS: All the interviewed mothers had some formal education, and 133 (92.4%) were aged 20 years and above. One hundred and forty (97.2%) of the mothers were satisfied with at least one aspect of care received. Areas of satisfaction mentioned by the mothers include attitude of health staff 114 (81.4%), clinical care received 85 (60.7%), sanitation of the facility 61 (43.6%), and basic amenities 47 (33.6%), poor sanitary condition of the health facility and lack of basic amenities were the major causes of dissatisfaction. Few mothers, 31 (22%) disagreed with dorsal position during second stage of labor. Most mothers, 92 (63.9%) would want pain relief in labor; 19 (13.2%) did not appreciate shaving of pubic hair and 50 (34.7%) felt episiotomy was not necessary for safe delivery. CONCLUSION: To improve the utilization of obstetric services in Calabar, basic amenities such as water and sanitation should be provided; and there should be restriction of routine birth practices that have no evidence of effectiveness.


How to cite this article:
Oyo-Ita A E, Etuk S J, Ikpeme B M, Ameh S S, Nsan E N. Patients' perception of obstetric practice in Calabar, Nigeria.Niger J Clin Pract 2007;10:224-228


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Oyo-Ita A E, Etuk S J, Ikpeme B M, Ameh S S, Nsan E N. Patients' perception of obstetric practice in Calabar, Nigeria. Niger J Clin Pract [serial online] 2007 [cited 2020 Aug 7 ];10:224-228
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