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Health Care for Women International

Farah Ahmad, Syeda F Kabir, Nabila Purno, Samia Islam, Ophira Ginsburg
In many low- and middle-income countries breast cancer survival is low. Reasons for this are multifactorial, but delayed presentation for care is a common theme. In this survey study with 100 urban Bangladeshi women, we examined the role of socioeconomic and sociocultural factors on their likelihood to seek breast care from a family physician. In our multivariate model, a woman's age and education significantly predicted her likelihood to see a physician. Sociocultural aspects (e.g. concerns about time commitment of family members and personal household obligations) were significant at bivariate level...
November 22, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Laura E Britton, Rebecca J Mercier, Mara Buchbinder, Amy G Bryant
Most studies of the impact of restrictive abortion laws have focused on patient-level outcomes. To better understand how such laws affect providers, we conducted a qualitative study of 27 abortion providers working under a restrictive law in North Carolina. Providers derived professional identity from their motivations, values, and experiences of pride related to abortion provision. The law affected their professional identities by perpetuating negative characterizations of their profession, requiring changes to patient care and communication, and creating conflicts between professional values and legal obligations...
November 8, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Judith A MacDonnell, Mahdieh Dastjerdi, Nazilla Khanlou, Nimo Bokore, Wangari Tharao
Although immigrant women bear a disproportionate burden of chronic disease and mental health issues, limited research addresses how to promote their mental wellbeing. The authors first describe grounded theory findings from community-based focus group research with 57 racialized immigrant women in Toronto, Canada that used a critical gender and intersectional lens to explore the links among settlement, wellbeing, and activism. Secondly a community mobilization strategy is described whereby racialized immigrant women discuss activism as a feature of wellbeing in various language communities while creating meaningful health promotion resources...
October 31, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Yhenneko J Taylor, Sarah B Laditka, James N Laditka, Larissa R Brunner Huber, Elizabeth F Racine
Social and health care context may influence prenatal care use. We studied associations of government health expenditures, supply of health care professionals, and country literacy rates with prenatal care use in ten West African countries, controlling for individual factors. We used data from Demographic and Health Surveys (n = 58,512) and random effect logistic regression models to estimate the likelihood of having any prenatal care and adequate prenatal care. Each percentage increase in the literacy rate was associated with 4% higher odds of having adequate prenatal care (p = ...
October 31, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Jonathan K Noe
Increased out-of-pocket healthcare spending has been associated with increased maternal, infant, and child mortality, but the effect of public healthcare spending on mortality has not been studied. I identified a statistically significant interaction between public healthcare expenditure and out-of-pocket healthcare spending for maternal, infant, and child mortality. Generally, increases in public expenditure coincide with decreased rates of mortality, regardless of out-of-pocket spending levels. Specifically, higher levels of public expenditure with moderate levels of out-of-pocket spending may result in the lowest mortality rates...
October 31, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Yodi Christiani, Julie Byles, Meredith Tavener, Paul Dugdale
We examined women's access to health insurance in Indonesia. We analysed IFLS-4 data of 1,400 adult women residing in four major cities. Among this population, the health insurance coverage was 24%. Women who were older, involved in paid work, and with higher education had greater access to health insurance (p < .05). We also found there were disparities in the probability of having health insurance across community levels (Median Odds Ratios = 3.40). Given the importance of health insurance for women's health, strategies should be developed to expand health insurance coverage among women in Indonesia, including the disparities across community levels...
October 28, 2016: Health Care for Women International
Karen Aroian, Nizam Uddin, Hazar Blbas
Using a stress and social support framework, this study explored the trajectory of depression in 388 married Arab immigrant women. The women provided three panels of data approximately 18 months apart. Depression at Time 3 was regressed on Time 1 depression, socio-demographic variables, and rate of change over time in stress and social support. The regression model was significant and accounted for 41.16% of the variation in Time 3 depression scores. Time 1 depression, English reading ability, husband's employment status, and changes over time in immigration demands, daily hassles, and social support from friends were associated with Time 3 Depression...
October 28, 2016: 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
Yassar Alamri
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December 2016: Health Care for Women International
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December 2016: Health Care for Women International
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December 2016: Health Care for Women International
Eleanor Krassen Covan
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December 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
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