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Association between receiving information on obstetric complications and institutional delivery: An analysis of the demographic and health survey of Peru, 2019
Authors: Carlos Quispe-Vicuña, Daniel Fernandez-Guzman, Brenda Caira-Chuquineyra Virgilio E. Failoc-Rojas, Guido Bendezu-Quispe, and Diego Urrunaga-Pastor
Source: Heliyon, Volume 9, Issue 11; DOI:
Topic(s): Pregnancy outcomes
Country: Latin American/Caribbean
Published: NOV 2023
Abstract: Objective To evaluate the association between receiving information on obstetric complications and institutional delivery in Peruvian women in 2019. Methods We conducted a secondary analysis of the 2019 Peruvian Demographic and Family Health Survey (ENDES) database. The dependent variable was the type of delivery (institutional or non-institutional). The exposure variable was self-reporting of having received information on obstetric complications during prenatal care. The association of interest was evaluated using binary logistic regression models, obtaining crude odds ratios (cOR) and adjusted odds ratios (aOR) with their respective 95 % confidence intervals (95%CI). Values of p < 0.05 were considered statistically significant. Results We included a total of 14,835 women in the analysis. Of the total, 14,088 (94.1 %) reported having received information on pregnancy complications. Also, 13,883 (92.5 %) had an institutional delivery in their last pregnancy. The adjusted model showed that women who reported knowing the complications that can occur in pregnancy had a higher probability of presenting an institutional delivery (aOR = 1.47; 95%CI: 1.04–2.08). Conclusions Receiving information about pregnancy complications was found to be associated with a higher probability of institutional delivery. Ensuring the provision of information to the pregnant woman about pregnancy complications can be a useful strategy to increase institutional delivery.