Understanding the association between maternal education and use of health services in ghana: Exploring the role of health knowledge

Emily Smith Greenaway, Juan Leon, David P. Baker

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Summary This paper examines the role of health knowledge in the association between mothers' education and use of maternal and child health services in Ghana. The study uses data from a nationally representative sample of female respondents to the 2008 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey. Ordered probit regression models evaluate whether women's health knowledge helps to explain use of three specific maternal and child health services: antenatal care, giving birth with the supervision of a trained professional and complete child vaccination. The analyses reveal that mothers' years of formal education are strongly associated with health knowledge; health knowledge helps explain the association between maternal education and use of health services; and, net of a set of stringent demographic and socioeconomic controls, mothers' health knowledge is a key factor associated with use of health services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-747
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Biosocial Science
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

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Ghana
Health Services
health service
Mothers
Education
Health
health
education
Demography
Prenatal Care
Women's Health
Vaccination
Parturition
vaccination
health care services
supervision
regression
Maternal-Child Health Services

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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