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The Effect of Home-Based Records on Maternal and Child Health Knowledge and Practices in Indonesia: Meta—analyses from the Indonesian Demographic and Health Surveys
Authors: Baequni, Yasuhide Nakamura, and Fase Badriah
Source: Kokusai Hoken Iryo (Journal of International Health), 31(2): 87-97; DOI: 10.11197/jaih.31.87
Topic(s): Maternal health
Country: Asia
Published: JUN 2016
Abstract: Objectives The objective of the study was to analyze the effects of home-based records on pregnancy, delivery, and child health care in Indonesia. Methods The data were obtained from women who had children under 5 years old at the time of the collection of the 2002, 2007, and 2012 Indonesia Demographic and Health Surveys. The study divided women into two groups: those who used the Maternal and Child Health Handbook (MCHHB) or antenatal card (AC) as a home-based records group, and those who did not use MCHHB or AC as the control group. We calculated the adjusted odds ratios and expressed the effects using meta-analysis methods. Results The study revealed that, compared with the control group, the home-based records group had more knowledge and better practices during pregnancy, delivery, and child health care (e.g., immunization). The home-based records group knew how to solve the problems of complications during pregnancy and used skilled birth attendants for delivery. This study also found that husbands in the home-based records group were involved in discussing the delivery location, finding transportation, and identifying a blood donor. Conclusions This study showed that home-based records had strong associations with the knowledge and practices of women regarding pregnancy, delivery, and child health care.