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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

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CARVALHO, Renata Alves da Silva et al. Assessment of the adequacy of prenatal care according to family income in Aracaju, Sergipe State, Brazil, 2011. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2016, vol.25, n.2, pp.271-280. ISSN 1679-4974.


to assess the adequacy of prenatal care offered to pregnant health service users in Aracaju, Sergipe State, Brazil, according to family income.


this was a cross-sectional study with 322 women living in the city of Aracaju whose children were born in November and December 2011; data were collected using questionnaires, including number of consultations, technical and laboratory procedures recommended by the Brazilian Ministry of Health (MoH); adequacy of prenatal care was assessed according to MoH criteria; chi-square test was used to compare proportions between categorical variables.


prenatal care was considered inadequate for 89.1% of women, with no statistical difference for inadequacy of prenatal care according to family income (p=0.323).


low adequacy of prenatal care was found when applying MoH parameters, regardless of pregnant women's family income.

Keywords : Prenatal Care; Quality of Health Care; Income; Health Inequalities; Cross-Sectional Studies.

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