Is quality of care a key predictor of perinatal health care utilization and patient satisfaction in Malawi?

Andreea Creanga, Sara Gullo, Anne K.Sebert Kuhlmann, Thumbiko W. Msiska, Christine Galavotti

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Background: The Malawi government encourages early antenatal care, delivery in health facilities, and timely postnatal care. Efforts to sustain or increase current levels of perinatal service utilization may not achieve desired gains if the quality of care provided is neglected. This study examined predictors of perinatal service utilization and patients' satisfaction with these services with a focus on quality of care. Methods: We used baseline, two-stage cluster sampling household survey data collected between November and December, 2012 before implementation of CARE's Community Score Card

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number150
JournalBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 22 2017



  • Malawi
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Perinatal health service utilization
  • Quality of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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