Contextual Influences on Reproductive Wellness in Northern India

Rob Stephenson, Amy Ong Tsui

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Abstract

Objectives. There has been a growing recognition of the importance of contextual influences on health outcomes. This article examines community-level influences on 5 reproductive wellness outcomes in Uttar Pradesh, India. Methods. Multilevel modeling is used to estimate household and community-level effects on wellness, with hierarchically organized data from a statewide survey of villages, urban blocks, households, women, health providers, and staff. Results. The household and community have a strong contextual influence on wellness, although the models explain more of the variation in outcomes between households than between communities. Conclusions. Communities influence wellness outcomes through the socioeconomic environment and the characteristics of the health infrastructure. The specific dimensions of the community and health infrastructure varied between the outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1820-1829
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume93
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2003

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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