Home > Publications . Search All . Browse All . Country . Browse PSC Pubs . PSC Report Series

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Murphy says mobile sensor data will allow adaptive interventions for maximizing healthy outcomes

Frey comments on why sunbelt metro area economies are still struggling

Krause says having religious friends leads to gratitude, which is associated with better health

Highlights

PSC Fall 2014 Newsletter now available

Martha Bailey and Nicolas Duquette win Cole Prize for article on War on Poverty

Michigan's graduate sociology program tied for 4th with Stanford in USN&WR rankings

Jeff Morenoff makes Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers list for 2014

Next Brown Bag

Monday, Oct 20
No brown bag this week

Declining fertility and use of Cesarian delivery: Evidence from a population-based study in Taiwan

Publication Abstract

Ma, Ke-Zong M., Edward Norton, and Shoou-Yih D. Lee. 2010. "Declining fertility and use of Cesarian delivery: Evidence from a population-based study in Taiwan." Health Services Research, 45(5): 1360-1375.

Objective

To test the hypothesis that declining fertility would affect the number of cesarean sections (c-sections) on maternal demand, but not medically indicated c-sections.

Data Sources

The 1996-2004 National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan for all singleton deliveries.

Study Design

Retrospective population-based, longitudinal study. Estimation was performed using multinomial probit models.

Principal Findings

Results revealed that declining fertility had a significant positive effect on the probability of having a c-section on maternal request but not medically indicated c-section.

Conclusions

Our findings offer a precautionary note to countries experiencing a fertility decline. Policies to contain the rise of c-sections should understand the role of women's preferences, especially regarding cesarean deliveries on maternal request.

DOI:10.1111/j.1475-6773.2010.01125.x (Full Text)

Country of focus: Taiwan.

Browse | Search : All Pubs | Next