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Determining Factors of the Use of Maternal Health Services in the Colombian Pacific Coast


  • Luis Eduardo Giron Cruz
  • Ana Maria Osorio Mejia
  • Luis Miguel Tovar Cuevas
  • Jaime Rodrigo Ahumada Castro
  • Luis Fernando Aguado Quintero

    () (Faculty of Economics and Management, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali)


This article analizes determinants (individual and text related) that affect the use of health services by women before, during and after birth, on the Colombian Pacific coast. For this purpose, statistical indicators are designed, and binary regression models are estimated from microdata from the National Demographic and Health Survey 2005, and the Special Register of Health Care Providers of the Colombian Ministry of Social Protection. The results show that the factors that most affect the use of maternal health services are, in order, affiliation to a social security health regime, the order in which the children are born, the level of education and the mother's place of residence.

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  • Luis Eduardo Giron Cruz & Ana Maria Osorio Mejia & Luis Miguel Tovar Cuevas & Jaime Rodrigo Ahumada Castro & Luis Fernando Aguado Quintero, 2006. "Determining Factors of the Use of Maternal Health Services in the Colombian Pacific Coast," Working Papers 1, Faculty of Economics and Management, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali.
  • Handle: RePEc:ddt:wpaper:1

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    maternal - infant health; prenatal attention; labor attention; post labor attention; Colombian Pacific coast; logit-probit models.;

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    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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