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RMJ. 2008; 33(2): 193-196

Determinants of the Choice of Treatment Outlets for Infertility in Southwest Nigeria

Tolulope Monisola Ola,Folasade Olaitan Aladekomo,Bosede Abiola Oludare.

Objective: To examine the determinants of choice of treatment outlets for infertility among infertile patients in Osun State, Nigeria
Methods: A Cross-sectional survey was carried out from August 2006 to October 2006 in six Enumeration Areas of Osun State, Nigeria. One hundred and fifty two respondents, both male and female, were interviewed at the various infertility treatment outlets where they were currently receiving treatment. Qualitative data were collected through Focus-Group Discussions (FGD) and In-Depth Interviews (IDI). Data were analyzed with the SPSS software version 11.
Results: The first treatment outlet chosen by 41.4% respondents was faith healing. Among those who had not used faith healing, 53.3% of them were still complementing the treatment outlet they are using presently with faith healing. Fifty-one percent said the quality of care was average. Socio-economic status, quality of care and level of education were significantly related to the choice of treatment outlets for infertility.

Conclusions: There is dire need to counsel infertile patients on the causes and management of infertility, as these determine where treatment will be sought. (Rawal Med J;33:193-196).

Key words: Infertility, faith healing, pregnancy

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