Investigation of Patient-Physician Relationship and Ante-natal Seeking Behaviour in Public Hospitals, Ogun State, Nigeria
This study looked into the role of the patient-physician connection as an underlying factor that may restrict or stimulate early pregnancy booking among women in Ijebu, Ogun State. As part of a triangulation technique, the researchers used a survey and an in-depth interview. Ijebu-Ode made up 32.2 percent of the whole sample (141), whereas Ijebu-Igbo made up 64.8 percent (259) of the total sample. 400 consenting women who were attending antenatal clinics (ANC) sessions in hospitals in Ijebu-Ode and Ijebu-Igbo were randomly selected and given a structured questionnaire. Furthermore, ten percent of the women were chosen for in-depth interviews using a stratified sampling approach. In addition, ten in-depth interviews (IDIs) were conducted with gynaecologists, nurses, and other health-care workers. The study discovered a tense connection between physicians and prenatal patients, which correlates to late pregnancy bookings and irregular ANC attendance by pregnant women. Because of their doctor’s advice, many pregnant women skip ANC. unhelpful manner, which involves not paying attention and using angry, confusing, and threatening language that is incomprehensible to patients who are barely literate. Women’s early pregnancy booking may be influenced by their proximity and reciprocal relationship with their doctor, according to the study. As a result, it is suggested that physicians pay particular attention to their patient relationships, and that appropriate government, agency, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) promote the dissemination of maternal health information.
S. O. Aluko-Arowolo
Department of Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria.
M. Solarin Thomas
Primary Health Care, Ijebu-Ode Local Government, Ogun State, Nigeria.
O. Ogundimu Ayobami
Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, Ojoo Ibadan, Nigeria.
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