Dynamics governing women's decision on reproductive health matters: reflections from a qualitative study in Central India

Saha, Somen (2005) Dynamics governing women's decision on reproductive health matters: reflections from a qualitative study in Central India. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 4 (2). ISSN 0972-5997

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Abstract

One of the major challenges of Reproductive and Child Health Programme in India is addressing the barriers in communication and improve dialogue between diverse stakeholders, particularly women in the community. Through a qualitative study conducted in one of the rural districts of India, it was attempted to understand the factors affecting women's decision-making process. It is observed that most of the factors are affected by strong intrinsic environment and hence it becomes important for programme managers to understand the environment first in order to design an acceptable and effective communication strategy. In this study, knowledge, tradition, stigma and accessibility of services are identified as the key primary factors affecting decision making of women in the community, particularly on their health related issues. These in turn are governed by various supporting factors. Finally, it is observed that communication strategies can achieve their desired objective only when the local intrinsic environment is taken into cognisance.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Reproductive health, Knowledge, Stigma, Women, Communication
Subjects:Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation > Delivery of Health Care
Health Care Economics and Organizations > Health Planning
Geographic Locations > Asia > Asia, Western > India
Humanities > Knowledge
Health Care Economics and Organizations > Health Planning > National Health Programs
Persons > Women
Health Care Economics and Organizations > Social Control, Formal
-Journal Repositories > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Health Services Administration > Quality of Health Care
Population Characteristics > Socioeconomic Factors
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms > Attitude
Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation > Health Services Research
ID Code:1026
Deposited By:Dr Srinivas Kakkilaya
Deposited On:26 September 2005

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