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Quality health care for women: a global challenge.

Authors
  • AbouZahr, C
  • Vlassoff, C
  • Kumar, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Health care for women international
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1996
Volume
17
Issue
5
Pages
449–467
Identifiers
PMID: 8868619
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

This paper considers problems of definition, measurement, and management of quality health care for women as well as barriers to quality of care, including information, access, and use barriers. It then describes a number of interventions supported by the World Health Organization designed to improve the quality of care provided and women's access to and use of health services. Interventions need to take into account the perspectives of both health workers and women, as well as the constraints they face in providing and receiving services, respectively. The authors broadly focus upon women's health, considering reproduction as well as other health concerns such as tropical diseases endemic to developing countries. They argue that in nonreproductive health, there is a general lack of information upon the biological and social determinants and consequences of infection and disease from a gender perspective. Recommendations are made for further research into the quality of care and for practical interventions with application to women's health, both within and outside of the reproductive context.

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