Widowhood and barriers to seeking health care in Uganda

J.N. Tirivayi

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Abstract

This study examined whether widowhood was associated with experiencing
barriers to seeking health care in Uganda. Data from 8674 women aged between 15 and 49 years in the 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey, were analysed using multivariable logistic
regression models. Compared to other women, widows were more likely to identify getting
money for treatment and not wanting to visit health facilities alone as
barriers. The odds for encountering barriers were higher for poor and
uneducated widows and to some extent for non-poor widows and those with
a basic education. Widows are at greater risk of experiencing barriers to health care
seeking than other women and may require special consideration in poor
countries.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMaastricht
PublisherUNU-MERIT
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Publication series

SeriesUNU-MERIT Working Papers
Number067

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Tirivayi, J. N. (2014). Widowhood and barriers to seeking health care in Uganda. UNU-MERIT. UNU-MERIT Working Papers, No. 067