Expectant Mother’s Preferences for Services in Public Hospitals of Tamil Nadu, India

Rajasulochana, S and Nyarko, Eric and Dash, Umakant and Muraleedharan, V.R. (2016) Expectant Mother’s Preferences for Services in Public Hospitals of Tamil Nadu, India. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 18 (2). pp. 306-316.

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Substantial programmatic efforts have been undertaken to improve the access to maternal care services in the public health system of India, yet the service users are often regarded as passive recipients. Limited research is available on the preferences of service users on what they regard the greatest issues in service delivery. A hospital-based discrete choice experiment (DCE) has been conducted in the public health facilities of Tamil Nadu, a southern state of India. This study uses a sample of 261 women who came for antenatal check-ups across six different public hospitals in Tamil Nadu. The DCE technique, which is rooted in random utility theory (RUT), and conditional logit model have been used to analyze the relative importance of health service attributes. The result showed that regular ward visits by specialist doctors like obstetricians and gynaecologists (O&G) and paediatricians were the most preferred attribute of the maternal care service. Expectant mothers are willing to wait the maximum and are prepared to tolerate health service characteristics in public hospitals, such as poor patient amenities, poor staff attitude and lack of privacy maintained during physical examination, provided specialist doctors are available in the hospitals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public hospitals; discrete choice experiment; Tamil Nadu; Health Systems Project
Subjects: Economics
Divisions: Health care Management
Depositing User: Ms. Sachitha R
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2018 09:20
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2018 09:20
URI: http://tapmi.informaticsglobal.com/id/eprint/117

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