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Title: Risk factors associated with stillbirth: a case study of the Hohoe Municipality, Ghana.
Authors: Brempong, Gustav Kudzo
Issue Date: 20-Jun-2011
Abstract: Stillbirth is a silent traumatic canker which is a major concern of various individuals, health institutions and the country as a whole. All over the world researchers are fighting tooth and nail to unravel the mystery surrounding the high prevalence of stillbirths. A lot of resources are committed to this area of research because of its alarming rate. This project was carried out in Hohoe Municipality with the aim of finding the risk factors associated with stillbirth through designed questionnaires. Various descriptive analyses were employed on the data obtained. Logistic model was used to identify which independent variables explain the incidence of stillbirth in Hohoe Municipality. The model was based on 250 clients’ birth records of mothers who delivered at Hohoe Municipal Hospital from 1st Jan 2011 to 30th June 2011.The predictors of stillbirth were obstetric problem with p-value of 0.002 and odds ratio of 8.540 (95 % C.I. =2.253 – 32.365), place of residence had p-value of 0.044 and odds ratio of 1.178 (95% C.I. = 0.366 – 3.787) alcohol intake recorded p-value of 0.012 and odds ratio 2.064 (95% C.I. = 0. 730 – 5.836), self-medication had p-value of 0.032 and odds ratio of 1.291 (95% C.I. = 0.413 – 4.031). Collinearity diagnostic test conducted showed that the tolerance value of each independent variable was less than 1, signifying that there was no interaction between the variables. Hosmer and Lemshow test of goodness of fit recorded a p-value of 0.542; hence the null hypothesis that the model fits the data well could not be rejected.
Description: A thesis submitted to the Department of Mathematics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Science, 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4072
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