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Knowledge and utilisation pattern of MCH and family planning services in Lucknow city--salient findings of the survey

Knowledge and utilisation pattern of MCH and family planning services in Lucknow city--salient findings of the survey

Popcen News Letter. Population Centre 7(2): 5-7

Maternal and child health (MCH) and family planning (FP) services have increased in Lucknow city, but they are underutilized. A survey was conducted in Lucknow city with the following objectives: 1) to find out the extent of knowledge and utilization of MCH and FP services, 2) to study the degree of satisfaction among the users of Government-provided MCH and FP services, 3) to assess the factors affecting overall performance of Maternity Homes established in Lucknow city under the India Population Project. The design of the study and the sampling method used are described. Findings of the study include: 1) Demographic profile of an area does not affect overall performance of an MCH and FP service unit, but certain social characteristics (i.e. high numbers of Muslims, widespread illiteracy, intercity mobility) are more predominant in the area of the poorest performing Maternity Home. 2) Extent of knowledge of the service has no relationship with the overall performance of the service unit, but widespread knowledge of child immunization in a unit's area is a prerequisite for better overall performance. 3) Overall performance is enhanced by a preference for institutional delivery and a low rate of FP postacceptance complications in a unit's area. 4) Apprehension of rude hospital staff and low consciousness of the utility of services provided contribute to nonuse of Government-provided MCH services. 5) Lack of reliance on present methods and desire for more children are important reasons for nonuse of FP methods by eligible couples.

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