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Health Care for Women International

Stella K Muthuri, Maharouf Oyolola, Cheikh Faye
Single motherhood exposes women to poorer socioeconomic and health outcomes, which may also negatively impact child outcomes. The Demographic and Health Surveys of 1989, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2009 were used to investigate trends over time, and factors associated with single motherhood in Kenya. Urban residence, older age, and poorer economic status were associated with single motherhood over time. Women with more than one child, and those with children under 15 years living at home, were less likely to be single mothers...
October 6, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Sri Sulistyowati, Adhitya Ardhianto, Syamsul Hadi
This study aims to analyze the effect of logotherapy on the expression of cortisol, HSP70, and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and to conduct pain assessments in advanced cervical cancer patients. We carried out this research through pretest-posttest control-group design on the expression of cortisol, HSP70, the BDI, and pain scales after a patient receives logotherapy treatment. Based on a comparative test conducted with the two groups before the treatment, there is no significant difference (p > .05)...
September 20, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Gertrud Pfister, Kristine Rømer
This article explores women's lived experiences with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) on the basis of semistructured interviews with 21 Danish women. It provides insights about the problems that they experienced and how they coped with PCOS. The interviews revealed that they were highly influenced by society's femininity norms. Many of them perceived their bodies as "different" because of the symptoms of PCOS, namely, hirsutism. They used different strategies to live up to body ideals and cope with the symptoms...
September 14, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Georges Danhoundo, Mary E Wiktorowicz, Sanni Yaya
Although malaria in pregnancy predisposes women to increased perinatal mortality and morbidity, complex issues underlie its persistence. To develop a better understanding of the factors affecting women's access to Intermittent Preventive Treatment in Benin, we used the theoretical lens of "sensemaking" to clarify policymakers', health professionals', and women's perspectives concerning preventive policies and barriers to access. Several assumptions were found to underlie Benin's malaria preventive policy that contribute to the unintended effect of deterring pregnant women in poverty from accessing preventive treatment...
September 12, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Kikelomo Wright, Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas, Olatunji Sonoiki, Babatunde Ajayi, Onaedo Ilozumba, Oluwarotimi Akinola
Limited attention has been given to opinions of women receiving emergency obstetric care (EmOC) in developing countries. We organized focus groups with 39 women who received this care from Lagos public facilities. Availability of competent personnel and equipment were two positive opinions highlighted. Contrarily, women expressed concerns regarding the seeming unresponsiveness of the service to nonmedical aspects of care, associated stress of service utilization, and high treatment costs. There is a need to leverage the positive perception of women regarding the available technical resources while improving institutional care components like administrative processes, basic amenities, and costs toward increasing utilization and preventing complications...
September 9, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Adeniyi Francis Fagbamigbe, Erhabor Sunday Idemudia
Antenatal care (ANC) utilization is lower in Nigeria than the African average. We investigated the relationship between wealth and utilization of ANC and also assessed other determinants associated with ANC utilization in Nigeria. Using data of the most recent births within 5 years prior to a 2012 nationally representative survey, we modeled predictors of ANC utilization. Respondents in the wealthiest quintile were over five times (aOR = 5.5 (95% CI: 4.2-7.2) more likely to adequately use ANC. The odds of ANC use were generally lower among the poor and the least educated women living in rural areas who need ANC the most...
August 18, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Dellanira Valencia-Garcia, Deepa Rao, Lara Strick, Jane M Simoni
In Peru, HIV/AIDS is increasing among heterosexual women. In this qualitative study researchers examined HIV-related stigma among 14 women in Lima, Peru who were HIV-positive, and at least 18 years of age. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis and indicated that women experienced stigma from healthcare providers. Two broad themes emerged from the data: forms of stigma and response to stigma. Within these themes, subthemes included: maltreatment during care, neglect of patient's rights to confidentiality and privacy, and the process of women speaking out...
August 2, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Sanjib Saha, Mahfuza Mubarak, Johan Jarl
We identify the socioeconomic determinants of three levels of antenatal care (ANC) visits (no, intermediate (1-3), and recommended (≥4)) in Bangladesh using a behavior model framework for healthcare utilization. Using multinomial logistic regression, we found that different levels of visits had different determinants, e.g. media exposure increased the likelihood of intermediate compared to no visits while desire for pregnancy increased the likelihood of recommended compared to intermediate visits. We therefore highlight that ANC policies or interventions should be target-group specific as determinants differ depending on level of ANC visits...
August 2, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Rosie Erol, Dawn Brooker, Elizabeth Peel
Women are disproportionately affected by dementia, both in terms of developing dementia and becoming caregivers. We conducted an integrative review of English language literature of the issues affecting women in relation to dementia from an international perspective. The majority of relevant studies were conducted in high income countries, and none were from low-income countries. The effects of caregiving on health, wellbeing and finances are greater for women; issues facing women, particularly in low and middle-income countries need to be better understood...
August 2, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Dinah Tetteh Amanor-Opata
Traditional notions of the "full" woman and sociocultural beliefs about gender roles contribute to a unique experience of breast cancer in Africa. I used the critical feminist lens to analyze discourses about breast cancer in mainstream Ghanaian media. I found that breast cancer awareness is promoted amidst fanfare, and that cultural notions of the female breasts including its sexual appeal are implied in breast cancer discourse. This obscures a nuanced understanding of the disease and women's health globally, limits the power of women to name their experiences, and contributes to the late presentation of the disease in sub-Saharan Africa...
July 27, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Eleanor Krassen Covan
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November 2016: Health Care for Women International
Rosemary Morgan, Nancy Glass, Patricia M Davidson
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November 2016: Health Care for Women International
Sang-Yeon Kim, Anna Herrman, Hayeon Song, Tae-Seop Lim, Emily Cramer, Seokhoon Ahn, Jihyun Kim, Hiroshi Ota, Hyun-Joo Kim, Junghyun Kim
We examined the cultural influence on perceived body weight and the level of health practices at a national and individual level. At a national level, we found that Japanese women (n = 80) overestimate body weight more than Korean (n = 82) and American (n = 63) women. At an individual level, individuals with interdependent self-construal were more prone to overestimate weight than those with independent self-construal (N = 182; American women). Based on the data, we identify that the relationship is mediated by self-criticism, and, importantly, it is self-criticism rather than perceived overweight that predicts the level of health activities...
November 2016: Health Care for Women International
Kitae Sohn
Age at menarche has been proposed to serve as a predictor of future body fat for the developed world. Our aim in this study is to determine whether this is also the case for a developing country-Indonesia. We analyze nationally representative data, concerning 9,543 women aged 15-62 in 2007-2008, and find that the relationship between age at menarche and body mass index is negative and statistically significant. The size of the relationship, however, is negligible. It thus appears that age at menarche is not a good predictor of future body fat in Indonesia and possibly other developing countries...
November 2016: Health Care for Women International
Karen Synne Groven, Jean Braithwaite
Advertising for weight loss surgery (WLS) is typically but not exclusively targeted toward women. The surgery is portrayed as the most effective way to free oneself from the stigmas and health risks associated with large bodies. WLS clinics routinely feature success stories by former patients that include before and after pictures and personal narratives. Because these testimonials are cherry-picked by the clinics, naturally they do not represent the full spectrum of postsurgical patient experiences, yet they are likely to influence the decision making of prospective patients...
November 2016: Health Care for Women International
Jocelyn C Anderson
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October 2016: Health Care for Women International
Eleanor Krassen Covan
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October 2016: Health Care for Women International
Olayide Ogunsiji
Female genital mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision is a global health issue with increasing international migration of affected women and girls to countries unfamiliar with the practice. Western health care providers are unfamiliar with FGM, and managing obstetric care presents challenges to midwives who are in the forefront of care provision for the women. The participants in this Heideggerian qualitative interpretive study elucidated the strategies they used in overcoming the particular physical, emotional, and gynecological health issues with which mutilated women present...
October 2016: Health Care for Women International
Jelena Milosavljevic, Dusanka Krajnovic, Natasa Bogavac-Stanojevic
We carried out a cross-sectional, web-based study to identify predictors (personal characteristics, knowledge, and attitudes) of Serbian pharmacists' decisions to decline emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) dispensing. In total, 452 questionnaires were completed and analyzed. Half of the surveyed pharmacists had poor knowledge of ECP. Almost the same number (42%) had either never undertaken training in these products or did not remember having training. The less knowledgeable respondents were more likely to decline ECP provision overall (OR 1...
October 2016: Health Care for Women International
Jane Namasasu, Sarah Chivers, Leesa Costello
Social forces shape people's reproductive health in many ways. We examined people's knowledge about reproductive health using focus group data collected from 93 participants in rural districts of Malawi. Participants' perspectives were contextualized by explaining the socioeconomic, cultural, and gender factors that determine reproductive health for rural Malawians. Strategies to improve reproductive health care in environments lacking in health infrastructure, staff, and economic resources are then provided...
October 2016: Health Care for Women International
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