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Epidemiology and Health 2018;e2018029.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2018029    [Accepted] Published online July 1, 2018.
Prevalence of disrespect and abuse of women during child birth and associated factors in Bahir Dar town, Ethiopia
Biresaw Wasihun2  , Leul Deribe1  , Teklemariam Gultie2  , Nadia Worede1 
1Collage of Health Science, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2College of medicine and health sciences, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Correspondence  Leul Deribe ,Tel: 0911973983, Fax: 911973983, Email: bireswas@gmail.com
Submitted: March 22, 2018  Accepted after revision: July 1, 2018
Disrespect and abuse are one of the unspoken causes of maternal mortality and morbidity globally. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of disrespect and abuse of women and associated factors during facility-based childbirth in Bahir Dar town, Ethiopia.
A community-based cross-sectional study design was conducted on 422 mothers from March 1st to 30th, 2017 using systematic random sampling techniques with Kth value of 23 calculated based on a number of household in each sub-city and expected sample size form sub-cities. Data collected using a structured face-to-face interview questionnaire. Descriptive statistics for each variable and binary logistic regression analysis with 95 % CI was carried out to determine the association between predictor variables and the outcome variable.
A total of 410 women participated in the study with a response rate of 97.2%. The overall prevalence of disrespect and abuse was 67.1 % with 95% CI (63%-72%). Disrespect and abuse are prevalent in the women with monthly income less than 2000 Ethiopian Birr (ETB) (AOR 1.74(1.08,2.80)), mothers who stay in a health facility after delivery (AOR 5.14(2.23,11.82)), receiving care at the governmental hospital (AOR 2.49(1.15,5.40)) and receiving less than four antenatal care (AOR 1.97(1.15,3.40)).
Prevalence of disrespect and abuse was high in the study setting. To decrease this prevalence appropriate interventions should be designed focusing onthe increasing number of antenatal care visit, improve of incomes of the mothers and improve relationship between health workers and mothers during mothers stay at health facilities.
Keywords: Maternal; Childbirth; Physical abuse


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