Preferences of women for maternal healthcare services in the Upper East Region: A stated choice experiment

Document Type : Original Article


1 C. K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Navrongo, P. O. Box 24, Ghana.

2 . Department of Biometry, C. K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences,Navrongo, P. O. Box 24, Navrongo, Ghana.

3 Department of Mathematics, C. K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Navrongo, P. O. Box 24, Navrongo, Ghana .



This research examined preferences of women for maternal health service locations in Ghana’s Upper East Region. Analyzing data from 200 respondents with diverse sociodemographic backgrounds, the research emphasized key factors such as availability of drugs and equipment, the facility environment, provider attitudes, distance to health facilities, and referrals at healthcare facilities. By using a panel mixed logit model, the study demonstrated the significant impact of these attributes on women’s choices, except for the cost of delivery services, which did not exhibit significance. Sociodemographic variables like age, employment status, marital status, religion, education, and place of last delivery also impacted preferences. The availability of drugs and equipment emerged as the most influential attribute across different groups. The study highlights the importance of understanding women’s preferences and providing high-quality, patient-centered care to promote positive maternal health outcomes in the region. Policymakers should

thus consider these factors to enhance healthcare facility utilization, reduce maternal mortality rates, and improve maternal health outcomes.


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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 19 February 2024
  • Receive Date: 10 August 2023
  • Revise Date: 26 November 2023
  • Accept Date: 19 February 2024