Table 2 : Health decision making autonomy of women with children under five years in Ghana by background characteristics.


  Person who usually decides on respondent’s health care?    

  Respondent
Alone N (%)
Respondent and
Husband/Partner N (%)
Husband/Partner
Alone N (%)
Total
N (%)
P-value

Residence          

urban 509(25.46) 1029(51.48) 461(23.06) 1999(100) --
Rural 608(19.76) 1674(54.40) 795(25.84) 3077(100) --
Total 1117(22.01) 2703(53.25) 1256(24.74) 5076(100) <0.001
Woman’s Age(yrs) 32.01a 31.01 a 30.78 a 31.17 a <0.001*

Educational Level of Women

No education 376(19.92) 858(45.44) 654(34.64) 1888(1000 --
Primary 213(21.11) 591(58.57) 205(20.32) 1009(100) --
Secondary 481(24.33) 1,123(56.80) 373(18.87) 1977(100) --
Higher Education 47(23.27) 131(64.85) 24(11.88) 202(100) --
Total 1117(22.01) 2703(53.25) 1256(24.74) 5076(100) <0.001

Woman’s Earnings Autonomy

Respondent Alone 605(30.74) 834(42.38) 529(26.88) 1968(100) --
Respondent and Husband/Partner 139(13.16) 839(79.45) 78(7.39) 1056(100) --
Husband/Partner Alone 28(15.12) 64(36.16) 85(48.02) 177(100) <0.001

Partners Education          

No education 272(17.46) 736(47.24) 550(35.30) 1,558(100) --
Primary 132(20.79) 378(59.53) 125(19.69) 635(100) --
Secondary 597(25.17) 1275(53.75) 500(21.08) 2372(100) --
Higher Education 99(21.48) 289(62.69) 73(15.84) 461(100) --
Total 1100(21.89) 2678(53.28) 1248(24.83) 5026(100) <0.001
Partners ‘Age (yrs) 39.23a 37.78a 38.91a 38.38a <0.001*

Sources: GDHS 2014 dataset: Mean age of under each category; *P-value for one-way analysis of variance

Adisah-Atta et al.Research Journal of Women's Health  2017 4:5DOI : 10.7243/2054-9865-4-5