Déterminants de l'utilisation des services publics de santé prénatale dans la ville de Rosario en Argentine

Authors: Roy, Sophie
Advisor: Reinharz, DanielDe Koninck, Maria
Abstract: The objectives of this case study were to identify factors that encourage women to consult healthcare services during pregnancy, as well as the barriers that prevent them from doing so. We also identify trends that could aid in formulating strategies to optimize prenatal care utilization in the city of Rosario in Argentina. We recruited 11 new-mothers and 8 healthcare workers in the public health sector of the municipality of Rosario. Data was collected based on partially open ended interviews. Results of the study show that there are no considerable barriers to public prenatal care utilization in Rosario. However, we did find a strong association between those women who delayed consultation regarding their pregnancy and those who had trouble accepting the fact that they were pregnant. The incidence of prenatal care utilization has increased dramatically from just fifteen years ago when only half of all pregnant women sought adequate prenatal care. As such, the medical community believes that women are now overusing the services. The most significant determinant of prenatal care utilization is the women's conviction that medical care during pregnancy is necessary for the well-being of their child. The women we studied are expecting at least one consultation per month during their pregnancy. Those who felt they did not have enough visits also expressed dissatisfaction with the medical and emotional aspects of their care. Although the women we talked to appreciated access to specialized medical care services and technologies, they were above all grateful for access to free healthcare.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2008
Open Access Date: 13 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/20323
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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