ACCESS AND UTILIZATION OF FAMILY PLANNING INFORMATION BY WOMEN ATTENDING FAMILY PLANNING CLINICS IN HOSPITALS IN KADUNA STATE OF NIGERIA

 

ABSTRACT

 

his study investigated access and utilization of family planning information by women attending family planning clinics in hospitals in Kaduna State. To achieve the objectives of the study, four research questions were raised, among which are; what factors influence seeking for family planning information by women attending family planning clinics in hospitals in Kaduna State, what types of family planning information are accessible to women attending family planning clinics in hospitals in Kaduna State. A quantitative research methodology using survey design was adopted while structured questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection. The responses from the population of 17,029 with total of 3,406 (20%) sampled women attending family planning clinics in hospitals in Kaduna State were studied and analyzed descriptively; using frequencies, percentages, mean scores and standard deviations. The findings revealed that prevention of unplanned pregnancy and improvement on child and maternal care were the most important factors influencing women seeking for family planning information. Information on birth control was the accessible type of family planning information to women in the hospitals in Kaduna State. The type of information sources utilized by women for accessing family planning information were doctors, nurses and mid-wives. While information on birth control and information on healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy were considered to be highly utilized by the women. The study concluded that women who attend family planning clinics in hospitals in Kaduna State generally accessed and utilized family planning information. However, they did not fully explore information resources or sources such as radio, television, friends/relatives, visual photographs, posters, audio (tape/CDs, video (tape/DVDs), newspapers/magazines, library and/or information centres. The study recommended among others that hospitals should encourage women attending family planning clinics in hospitals to seek for current awareness on contraceptive use, avoiding daily premature death and healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy and hospitals should provide the various types of family planning information such as information on birth control, information on healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy, antenatal information and postnatal information on a wider scale to the women.

 

ACCESS AND UTILIZATION OF FAMILY PLANNING INFORMATION BY WOMEN ATTENDING FAMILY PLANNING CLINICS IN HOSPITALS IN KADUNA STATE OF NIGERIA

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