Health seeking practices amongst primigravidae in the Gauteng Province, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Mohale, Mosibudi Lucia
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-03T10:50:13Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-03T10:50:13Z
dc.date.issued 2008-09-03T10:50:13Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/5590
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT This abstract provides a brief summary of the research study (Nieswiadomy, 2002). The South African report on confidential enquiries into maternal deaths identified delayed and/or infrequent antenatal care as a significant avoidable factor contributing to maternal mortality in South Africa (SA) (Department of Health (DOH), 2001). There are still women in South Africa whose first antenatal care contact with the midwives obstetrical unit (MOU) is in the third trimester of their pregnancy. The aim of this study was to determine the health seeking practices amongst primigravidae at a level 1 MOU, based in a peri-urban area in Gauteng province, SA. The health seeking practice of concern was antenatal clinic attendance. The research design was qualitative, descriptive, exploratory and contextual. The research method implemented was unstructured individual in-depth interviews. The population consisted of primigravidae who were attending antenatal clinic at a level 1 MOU. The sample consisted of primigravidae who booked at the level 1 MOU’s antenatal clinic in the third trimester of their pregnancy. Maximum variety purposive sampling, with inclusion and exclusion criteria, was used and sampling continued until data were saturated. The sample size consisted of 10 participants whereby 2 of them were the pilot study and eight were the interviews that followed the pilot study. Data were collected by means of individual in-depth interviews. One question was asked: ‘What experiences influenced you to go for your first antenatal visit when you did?’ Interviews were audio taped, transcribed and analyzed by using Tesch’s eight steps of data analysis (Creswell, 1994). Lincoln and Guba’s four strategies for trustworthiness were applied and ethical considerations were implemented. The results were discussed under two themes. Those themes were: needs, and delayed booking. The recommendations were made regarding the recommendations that arose from the study, recommendations for research, nursing practice and nursing education. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject antenatal clinic attendance en
dc.subject primigravidae en
dc.subject Gauteng Province en
dc.title Health seeking practices amongst primigravidae in the Gauteng Province, South Africa en
dc.type Thesis en


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