Background: Among the factors contributing to the high maternal
morbidity and mortality in Uganda is the proportion of pregnant women who do
not deliver under skilled supervision. There is paucity of data concerning the
magnitude of patient abuse by health workers which is a main factor preventing
facility delivery. This study aimed to determine the magnitude of abuse and the
forms of abuse the patients in Bushenyi district in Uganda. Methods: In
this cross sectional survey, 374 women who had just delivery in the health
facilities were interviewed to identify any form of abuse treatment. The independent
predictors of patient abuse were analysed at bivariate and multivariate level
using binary logistic regression analysis. Results: The
prevalence of patient abuse among the respondents was found to be 41.1% (P =
0.013). The commonest form of abuse reported was patient neglect 31.9% (p =
0.000), verbal abuse (29.3 %) and bribery (15.1%). The associated with patient
abuse were; patient age 15-25years, prime gravidity and low Health center
The prevalence of patient abuses during childbirth
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