Socio-economic, physical and health-related determinants of causes of death among women in the Kintampo districts of Ghana

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Socio-economic, physical and health-related determinants of causes of death among women in the Kintampo districts of Ghana


JournalCogent Public Health
Article typeJournal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – Aug – 2022
Authors – Sulemana Watara Abubakari, Nurudeen Alhassan, Robert Adda, Kwaku Poku Asante, Ayaga Agula Bawah
Keywordscauses of death, determinants, Kintampo health and demographic surveillance system, verbal autopsy, women of reproductive age
Open access – Yes
SpecialityHealth policy, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Other
World region Western Africa
Country: Ghana
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on August 25, 2022 at 9:08 pm
Abstract:

This study examined the socio-economic, physical and health-related determinants of causes of death among women of reproductive age (WRA) in the Kintampo North Municipality and Kintampo South District of Ghana. Longitudinal data from the Kintampo Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) was used. Causes of death data from 2005 to 2014 for 846 WRA aged 15–49 were categorized into three broad groups: maternal, infectious and non-communicable diseases. Three hierarchical multinomial logistic regression models were used to examine the determinants of causes of death, with the maternal causes of death as the reference category. Distal, intermediate and proximate factors were entered cumulatively one after the other in Models 1, 2 and 3, respectively, to account for their separate effects on the outcome variable. Across all three models, ever-married (RRR = 0.12; p < 0.001) WRA were significantly less likely to die from infectious or NCD than maternal causes compared to those who were never-married. At the adjusted level (Model 3), infectious causes of deaths differed from the maternal causes of deaths by age at death, marital status, land ownership, district of residence, year of death, season of death, place of death, admission in the last 12 months, surgical operation in the last 24 months and sudden death. Marital status is a key determinant of causes of death among WRA.

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