Maternal health literacy has been identified as key predictor of
maternal healthcare service utilization. The purpose of this study was to
determine the difference in maternal health literacy between women residing
in rural and urban areas of the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem district.
The study employed a cross-section correlational design. Respondents
included 448 women of childbearing ages residing in rural and urban areas
selected through compact segment sampling. Information on respondents’
maternal health literacy and health behaviour was collected using a composite
data collection instrument. Chi square test, the independent samples t-test, and
correlation coefficient were used to analyse data.
Respondents resident in rural areas used community-based sources of
maternal health information significantly more than did those resident in urban
(4, n=399) = 51.5, p=.000. Residence in rural area was significantly
associated to infrequent exposure to information. Respondents from rural areas
exhibited significantly lower levels of maternal health literacy than did those
from urban areas, χ
(4, N=448) = 95.21, p =.000. Higher levels of maternal
health literacy were positively related to number of routine visits to antenatal
clinic, r = .65, n=392, p = .000 (one tailed); and to delivery at hospital, ρ = .69,
n = 448, p = .000, (one tailed).
Maternal health literacy among respondents resident in rural areas was
lower than that among women resident in urban areas. Educational
programmes emphasizing development of knowledge, attitudes, behavioural
skills, and confidence needed to access maternal healthcare services should be
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