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Staff Attitude as Barrier to the Utilisation of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital for Obstetric Care

E. E. J. Asuquo, S. J. Etuk and F. Duke
African Journal of Reproductive Health / La Revue Africaine de la Santé Reproductive
Vol. 4, No. 2 (Oct., 2000), pp. 69-73
DOI: 10.2307/3583450
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3583450
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Abstract

Focus group discussions (FGD) to assess how the attitudes of hospital staff influence the utilisation of health facility for obstetric care at the teaching hospital (UCTH), Calabar, Nigeria, were conducted. The participants were women of childbearing age and men in two communities, as well as health staff at the teaching hospital. The aims were to establish community perception of attitudes of hospital staff and their influence on the utilisation of UCTH for obstetric care. Negative attitudes of hospital staff towards patients stood as a barrier to the utilisation of available obstetric care. Lack of incentives and inadequate materials to work with, as well as poor remuneration contributed to these negative attitudes. Provision of incentives to hospital staff, enhanced regular pay to workers, and regular workshops to train hospital staff are suggested as possible solutions to this problem. /// L'étude s'est servie de la méthode de discussion en groupes cibles pour évaluer la manière dont l'attitude du personnel au Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Calabar (CHUC) au Nigéria influence l'utilisation des facilitiés de santé pour les soins obstétriques. Comme participants, l'étude s'est servie des femmes encore en âge d'avoir des enfants, les hommes de deux communautés, ainsi que le personnel médical du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Calabar. Le but était d'établir la perception qu'a la communauté à l'égard des attitudes du personnel de l'hôpital et leurs influences sur l'utilisation des soins obstétriques de CHUC. Les attitudes négatives de la part du personnel de l'hôpital envers les patients constituent un obstacle à l'utilisation du soin obstétrique disponible. Ces attitudes négatives ont été attribuées au manque de primes, à l'insuffisance de matériaux de travail et aux bas salaires. L'étude suggère que les solutions possibles résident dans la stimulation du personnel, l'augementation et le paiement des salaires réguliers au cadre et dans l'organsisation des ateliers pour former le personnel de l'hôpital.

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