Journal article

Does health worker performance affect clients’ health behaviors? A multilevel analysis from Bangladesh (Epstein, A., 2019. BMC Health Services Research)

12 Aug 21
Topic(s): Maternal nutrition
Location: Bangladesh
Language(s): English
Audience: Health and service providers, Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Programs: Policy advocacy, Social and behavior change, Strategic use of data

In this study, reseearchers found evidence for an association between health worker compliance and client health behaviors; however, small effect sizes suggest that behavior change is multifactorial and affected by factors beyond care quality. Improvements to technical quality of care may contribute to desired health outcomes; but policies and programs seeking to change health behaviors through counseling may also wish to target upstream factors such as self-efficacy, alongside technical skill-building and knowledge, for maximum impact.