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Sanzida Akhter, Susanne Schech
In this paper we examine the perceptions and experiences of childbirth among a group of wealthier women in Dhaka through in-depth interviews. We find that a number of factors including preference for Caesarean Section (CS), socio-economic position, family structure, and perceptions of modern childbirth contributed to the women's overuse of medical childbirth services. Furthermore, women's capacity to purchase modern maternal health care in the private sector did not necessarily ensure high quality care in a health system which approaches maternal healthcare as a profit-making enterprise rather than as an essential human right...
June 12, 2018: Health Care for Women International
İlknur Atasever, Aslı Sis Çelik
The aim of the authors in this study was to adapt the Antenatal Perceived Stress Inventory developed abroad into Turkish for the evaluation of perceived stress during pregnancy. This study consisted of 350 primigravidas who attended the outpatient clinic of Nenehatun Women's Birth Hospital in Erzurum city in eastern Turkey between 10 March 2015 and 4 January 2016. The Prenatal Distress Scale and Turkish version of the Antenatal Perceived Stress Inventory were used to collect data through face-to-face interviews...
June 12, 2018: Health Care for Women International
Dušan Ružičić, Milan Dobrić, Mira Vuković, Dragan Hrnčić, Slavica Đorđević, Milijana Ružičić, Srđan Aleksandrić, Ana Đorđević-Dikić, Branko Beleslin
Breast arterial calcifications (BACs) are common findings on mammography which are associated with an increased risk of the coronary artery disease (CAD). Our aim in the current study was to design measurement instruments of CAD prediction, with or without BACs, and its discriminatory validity in the diagnosis of CAD (expressed by Syntax score) in women. This was observational, prospective study in the women cohort which underwent mammography and angiography. In this study, we have demonstrated that the total 'Breast Arterial Calcification and Coronary Artery Disease Scale' was good additional diagnostic tool for detection of patients with severe CAD...
May 9, 2018: Health Care for Women International
Marianne Kjelsvik, Ragnhild J Tveit Sekse, Asgjerd Litleré Moi, Elin M Aasen, Catherine A Chesla, Eva Gjengedal
Abortion during the first trimester is legal in most Western countries. However, deciding to terminate a pregnancy is a challenging process, and some women arrive at the abortion clinic still not absolutely certain. We explored the experiences of 13 pregnant Norwegian women struggling to finalize their decision, interviewing them before and after their decision. Verification of the pregnancy meant a new reality for the women. They started to consider their readiness, describing the experience as a lonely journey during which their values were challenged...
May 1, 2018: Health Care for Women International
Zekiye Karaçam, Ayden Çoban, Burcu Akbaş, Erdem Karabulut
We determined the prevalence of postpartum depression (PPD) and related risk factors in Turkey based on relevant research. This study is a systematic review and meta-analysis and was conducted by performing a scan of the Turkish and English literature over the period of January-February 2016. Most of the research included in this systematic compilation made use of the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale. The scans executed indicated that 4,740 women out of 18,780 were at risk for PPD. In the computations made based on these data, it was found that the consolidated prevalence of PPD was 24% (21%-27% at a confidence interval of 95%) and that this rate varied between 9% and 51%...
April 25, 2018: Health Care for Women International
Solomon Mwije
This article has been written to call for further attention to the importance of involving males in efforts to reduce maternal mortality. Since the 1995 International Conference on Population and Development [ICPD], institutional and community arrangements have been implemented in developing countries to engage males in maternal and child health promotions. The government of Uganda - in partnership with other health promotion institutions such as the United Nations agencies - has in the past decade formulated and implemented national and local strategies for male involvement in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)...
April 25, 2018: Health Care for Women International
Sheila Pintado
The aim of this study was to analyze the search for meaning in women with breast cancer and its relationship with the emotional well-being. One hundred thirty-one breast cancer survivors were assessed using a mixed method. Results showed that the meaning of suffering cancer can be explained by nine categories; and the utility of the suffering experienced was divided in seven categories. Moreover, the results showed a significant correlation between the meaning and the utility of suffering cancer, and the emotional well-being...
April 25, 2018: Health Care for Women International
Tatjana Gazibara, Biljana Rancic, Sanja Radovanovic, Ilma Kurtagic, Selmina Nurkovic, Nikolina Kovacevic, Jelena Dotlic
Physical and psychological changes during menopausal transition may affect various aspects of everyday functioning including women's work ability and work productivity. Presence of menopausal symptoms has been well-acknowledged to negatively affect quality of life (QOL). However, data on factors associated with occupational QOL among women at this period of life are lacking. The authors' purpose in this study was to evaluate factors affecting occupational QOL in a sample of employed mid-life women who are experiencing menopause...
April 18, 2018: Health Care for Women International
Melissa Wiles, Sonny Agustin, Subasri Narasimhan, Jessica D Gipson
The circumstances surrounding sexual debut influence subsequent sexual and reproductive outcomes. We analysed longitudinal data from 397 women who participated in the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey in Cebu, Philippines, to examine associations between unwanted first sex and number of pregnancies, unintended pregnancy, and use of modern contraception. 72% of women reported unwanted first sex. Women whose first sex was unwanted had increased odds of unintended pregnancy compared to women whose first sex was wanted (aOR = 2...
April 18, 2018: Health Care for Women International
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June 2018: Health Care for Women International
Grażyna Gebuza, Marzena Kaźmierczak, Alicja Gdaniec, Estera Mieczkowska, Małgorzata Gierszewska, Agnieszka Dombrowska-Pali, Mariola Banaszkiewicz, Marek Maleńczyk
Episiotomy belongs to the most frequent procedures carried out during delivery. Performing episiotomy should be reduced as there is scientific evidence indicating that it can cause pain, sexual problems, and serious, long-term health consequences. The aim of the researchers is to identify factors associated with episiotomy and the perineal tear. Analyses were performed using a model of a logistic regression. The study involved 4493 women. The episiotomy risk was related to: a birth weight exceeding 3500 grams, an instrumental delivery by means of forceps or vacuum extraction...
June 2018: Health Care for Women International
Eleanor Krassen Covan
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May 2018: Health Care for Women International
Heather Story Steiness, Michelle Villegas-Gold, Homaira Parveen, Tahmina Ferdousy, Ophira Ginsburg
Breast cancer survival rates in lower-income countries like Bangladesh are approximately 50%, versus over 80% in high income countries. Anecdotal reports suggest that, beyond economic and health system barriers, sociocultural factors may influence a woman's care-seeking behavior and resultant early stage diagnoses. To understand these barriers, we conducted 63 interviews (43 women with breast cancer symptoms and 20 men) in Khulna, Bangladesh. We identified socio-cultural barriers like neglect and indifference toward women, women's lack of power to use resources, and reduced support from family due to stigma...
May 2018: Health Care for Women International
Towhid Babazadeh, Haidar Nadrian, Hamed Rezakhani Moghaddam, Elaheh Ezzati, Reza Sarkhosh, Shahin Aghemiri
Our aim in this cross-sectional study was to assess the cognitive determinants of Cervical Cancer Screening Behavior (CCSB) among housewife women in Islamabad County, Iran. Through multistage random sampling we recruited and interviewed 280 housewife women. The women who perceived more benefits of performing the Pap test (OR = 1.11), and perceived fewer barriers (OR = 0.915), and higher self-efficacy to perform the test (OR = 1.12) were more likely to have a CCSB in the previous three years. Our findings are informative for the development of targeted interventions to foster CCSB among housewife women...
May 2018: Health Care for Women International
Michelle S Williams, Ernest Kenu, Isaac Dzubey, Jemima A Dennis-Antwi, Kevin Fontaine
Despite the availability of cervical cancer screening tools, including those that are appropriate for low resource settings, the rates of preventive cervical cancer screening remain extremely low among women in LMICS. Nurse-led education interventions have been proven to be effective at increasing participation in healthcare recommendations. However, there is a need to determine nurses' knowledge of cervical cancer and cervical cancer prevention in order to develop effective health education interventions. Our goal was to assess Ghanaian nurses' knowledge of cervical cancer and cervical cancer prevention...
May 2018: Health Care for Women International
Britta Wigginton, Kim Farmer, Sharon Kapambwe, Lisa Fitzgerald, Marina M Reeves, Sheleigh P Lawler
Cancer has become a global health concern with marked differences in the incidence and mortality rates between developing and developed countries. Understanding the factors that shape uptake of preventative and screening services is the key. We use in-depth interviews with 13 Zambian urban-based female cancer survivors to explore the facilitators and barriers to screening, diagnosis and treatment, with a particular focus on cultural influences. We identified a central theme (i.e. a story told about cancer) in all of the interviews: 'cancer is a death sentence'...
May 2018: Health Care for Women International
Rachel Meadows, Tasleem J Padamsee, Electra D Paskett
Women known to have significantly elevated ovarian cancer risk due to genetic mutations or family history can reduce this risk by surgically removing both ovaries and fallopian tubes (RRBSO, risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy). We used interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) to explore the psychosocial experiences of women who chose RRBSO for cancer prevention. We extended the traditional use of IPA to compare the experiences of women who chose RRBSO for cancer prevention to those of women who underwent similar gynecologic surgery for benign indications...
May 2018: Health Care for Women International
Caroline M Johnson, Yamile Molina, Magaly Blas, Mallory Erickson, Angela Bayer, Marina Chiappe Gutierrez, Paul E Nevin, Isaac Alva, Deepa Rao
Recent national cancer plans address high cancer mortality in Latin America, particularly in Andean countries. Little is known about which individual, interpersonal, and institutional facilitators and barriers persist, particularly from the perspective of cancer survivors. We conducted 15 semi-structured interviews with survivors of breast and cervical cancers during and after a Pan American Health Organization sponsored conference on women's cancers in Lima, Peru. We analyzed data using an inductive content analysis approach...
May 2018: Health Care for Women International
Arwa Alsaraireh, Muhammad W Darawad
The researchers' aim of this study was to assess breast cancer (BC) knowledge, attitude and practices of breast self-examination (BSE) among female university students. Data were collected from 236 participants using self-reported questionnaires. Participants reported inadequate knowledge (45.5%), fairly positive attitude (56.3%) and low BSE practice (37.5%). Analysis revealed significant differences based on participants' demographics. Results are in congruence with international literature, and support worldwide efforts aiming at increasing awareness of BC...
May 2018: Health Care for Women International
Robin Mason, Linda Turner
Due to many adverse health effects, victims of domestic violence are frequently seen in the health care system. Yet, health care providers may lack the training to assist them. Online curricula can be an effective instructional tool. Our competency-based, serious video game, Responding to Domestic Violence in Clinical Settings, was designed to address health care providers' knowledge gaps through 17 modules, each a half hour in length. Nearly 9,000 participants completed at least one module; nursing students completed the most modules, approximately five hours of instruction...
April 13, 2018: Health Care for Women International
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