Factors Influencing Utilization of Routine Health Information for Decision Making Among Health Workers: A Case Study of Health Facilities in Moyo District, Uganda

Author(s): Asega Pam Charles Aggrey, Alfred Owino Odongo, Atei Kerochi

Health information is a powerful vehicle for enhancing community health and it highlights both the problems and opportunities that exist for development. In Uganda, there are cases where decisions have been made without using health information in primary health care units. The existing capacity inadequacy to efficiently utilize information to track service use patterns over time to determine the impacts of policy and service delivery improvements in Uganda is one of the key weaknesses. With the support of the Ministry of Health, the government of Uganda is implementing projects to build and enhance the nation's web-based national health information system (DHIS2), which collects data from all health systems and allows for making decisions based on evidence on the delivery of health services. The broad study objective was to establish the factors influencing the utilization of routine health information for decisions making among the health workers. The research design was based on an analytical cross-sectional design. The target population for this study was 260 health workers specifically targeting those involved in the use of routine utilization of health information. Purposive sampling was used to select the key informants and other respondents were selected using simple and stratified random sampling. The self-administered structured questionnaire and key informants' interviews were used to collect data from respondents. The analysis of the quantitative data was done using descriptive statistics consisting of tables, bar graphs, pie charts, frequency, percentages, mean and standard deviations. Logistic regression analysis was conducted for establishing the association amongst the variables. The study established that technical factors (χ2=801.069; p=0.001), organizational factors (χ2=895.224; p=0.000), and behavioural factors (χ2=994.559; p=0.000) had a significant influence on utilization of routine health info

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