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Kyounghae Kim, Anna-Rae LeClaire
To critically appraise factors influencing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among immigrant parents in the United States, a comprehensive search of electronic databases and reference lists was conducted. The findings from 22 articles were ordered based on a socio-ecological model. About 30% of children initiated and 14% completed a 3-dose series. Correlates of HPV vaccine initiation rates included lack of information, concerns about vaccine safety and promiscuity, providers' recommendations, school mandates, financial issues, immigration laws, and living in disadvantaged neighborhoods...
November 21, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Nguyen Canh Chuong, Hoang Van Minh, Doan Thi Thuy Duong, Duong Minh Duc, Le Thi Anh Dao, Nguyen Duy Anh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 21, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Anh Duy Nguyen, Minh Van Hoang, Chuong Cahn Nguyen
Cervical cancer remains the second most common cancer amongst female aged 15 to 44 years old in Vietnam. We estimated medical costs for the treatment of cervical cancer patients. We employed the standard costing approach and healthcare provider perspective. We first computed the unit cost of 22 medical services related to cervical cancer treatments and then, based on standard cervical cancer treatment protocols, we estimated the cost of nine treatment scenarios for cervical cancer patients. We found that the medical costs for treatment of cervical cancers at central hospitals in Vietnam increased as the cancer progresses into latter stages...
November 10, 2017: Health Care for Women International
JiWon Choi, Yoshimi Fukuoka
Regular physical activity (PA) is recommended during pregnancy, but the prevalence of pregnant women who met the recommended level for PA is very low. In this descriptive study, we examined the association between spousal characteristics (belief, knowledge, social support, and PA level) and pregnant women's PA level in 18 couples living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among other spousal characteristics, only spousal PA level was a significant predictor of pregnant women's PA level regardless of whether it was unadjusted or adjusted by spouses' age and body index mass (p = ...
November 8, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Petra Kohler, Samuel Renggli, Christoph Lüthi
Health care facilities in low- and middle-income countries are high risk settings, and face special challenges to achieving sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. Our applied interdisciplinary research conducted in India and Uganda analysed six dimensions of WASH services in selected health care facilities, including menstrual hygiene management. To be effective, WASH monitoring strategies in health care facilities must include gender sensitive measures. We present a novel strategy, showing that applied gender sensitive multi-tool assessments are highly productive in assessments of WASH services and facilities from user and provider perspectives...
November 8, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Marie E Sullivan, Abigail Harrison, Jane Harries, Namhla Sicwebu, Rochelle K Rosen, Omar Galárraga
Unintended pregnancy is a significant public health issue in South Africa. Despite free services including contraception, women face structural and institutional barriers to accessing care. This qualitative study comprised interviews with 16 women aged 18 to 40 years and receiving post-abortion services at a public clinic in Cape Town. Data analysis revealed three main themes: personal journeys in seeking abortion, contraceptive experiences, and contrasting feelings of empowerment (in reproductive decision making) and disempowerment (in the health care system)...
November 7, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Thi-Thuy-Dung Ngo, The-Dung Nguyen, Philippe Goyens, Annie Robert
Researchers in Vietnam reported a high percentage of pregnant women attending ANC at least once, but an insufficient utilization of ANC services remains. The evidence demonstrating how the utilization of these services affect pregnancy outcome is not documented in Vietnam. We investigated the association between the misuse of ANC services and pregnancy outcome, and assessed other determinants associated with ANC services utilization. We conducted a prospective community-based study in Trang Bom district, Dong Nai, during 12 consecutive months...
November 7, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Roula Hawa, Angela Underhill, Carmen Logie, Mona Loutfy
We explored how social norms interact with beliefs and social structures (power relations, emotional relations, and gendered division of labour) to influence the experiences of South Asian women with HIV in Canada. The first author conducted semi-structured interviews, and identified five themes using thematic analysis: connection to community/religious institutions, family honour, and restrained/prohibited discussion of sexuality. These norms reproduce hegemonic masculinity; constrain women's social, relational, and economic power; and elevate HIV vulnerability...
November 2, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Yeong Jun Ju, Eun-Cheol Park, Hyun-Jun Ju, Sang Ah Lee, Joo Eun Lee, Woorim Kim, Sung Youn Chun, Tae Hyun Kim
In the present study researchers examined the association between depressive symptoms and family stress and conflict from multiple roles, along with the combined effect of family stress and family-work conflict. We used data from the 2008-2012 Korean Welfare Panel Study, consisting of 4,663 baseline participants. We measured depressive symptoms using the CESD-11. There was a significant relationship between depressive symptoms and family stress and conflict among working married women. With regard to the combined analysis, working married women who reported both family stress and family-work conflict exhibited the highest odds of depressive symptoms...
November 2, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Heidi Siller, Nikola Komlenac, Heike Fink, Susanne Perkhofer, Margarethe Hochleitner
In this study we explored whether attendance at lectures on Gender Medicine, students' gender or university affiliation influenced students' gender awareness in medicine. We recruited 483 students (352 women/131 men) of medicine, allied health profession with focus on patient contact and allied health profession students with focus on laboratory work. Students with focus on laboratory work profited the most from Gender Medicine lectures as their gender sensitivity was positively associated with lecture attendance...
November 2, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Georgia Rush, RoseAnne Misajon
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November 2, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Ela Koren, Alana Siegel, Avital Shlezinger, Maayan Sher-Dotan, Rachel Dekel
Self-report questionnaires assessing mental health, purpose in life (PIL) and mastery were administered to 61 female veterans with disabilities (FVWD) and compared 72 demographically matched women in control group without disabilities to learn about use of personal resources in promoting well-being and resilience. Age range was 20-82; average age was 48.87. Data were collected in Israel.  FVWD reported significantly lower levels of mental health, PIL, and mastery than the comparison group. Group affiliation moderated association between mastery and mental health, and between mastery and purpose in life...
November 2, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Thi Anh Dao Le, Duy Anh Nguyen, Thanh Van Ta, Van Minh Hoang
Recurrent pregnancy loss is a physical and mental burden for women.  In Vietnam, exploring the cause of miscarriages is still a challenge to clinical physicians. We aimed to investigate the etiology of recurrent pregnancy loss in a national hospital of obstetrics and gynecology in Vietnam from 2012 to 2014. The cross-sectional study included 301 pregnant women with a history of recurrent pregnancy loss. The patients were examined and offered medical testing to determine cause(s). Based on testing we determined causation for (11...
October 25, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Danielle Nunnery, Alice Ammerman, Jigna Dharod
ABSTRCT Low-income women were interviewed and their post-natal records were retrieved (n = 160) to assess prevalence of excess gestational weight gain and its socio-demographic predictors. More than half (64%) of the women gained excess weight during pregnancy, with an average of 10 lbs in excess of IOM guidelines. Logistic regression indicated that women that started pregnancy at an obese BMI; who were African American or having an unplanned pregnancy were at significant risk of gaining excess weight in pregnancy...
October 25, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Le Bao Chau, Do Mai Hoa, Nguyen Minh Hoang, Nguyen Duy Anh, Nguyen Thi Nuong
Early linkage to HIV care is associated significantly with improved patient outcomes and reduced the risk of HIV transmission. However, delays between HIV diagnosis and registering for care have prevailed in Vietnam. The aim of researchers in this study is to examine linkages to care for individuals newly diagnosed with HIV in 2014, especially to highlight the impact of gender upon these linkages in a Northern province of Ninh Binh. We collected secondary data of all 125 eligible HIV positive people diagnosed in 2014 and conducted a gender-based descriptive analysis of their registration to care within 6 months...
October 25, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Katelyn E Poelker, Judith L Gibbons
Women's empowerment in family planning strengthens families and communities. Using 2014/2015 Demographic and Health Surveys data from 7,168 Guatemalan women, ages 35 and above with at least one living child, we examined indicators of empowerment in four domains - economic, educational, social, and contraceptive - and their relation to the number of living children compared to the ideal number of children. We reveal our analysis showing that economic, educational, and social empowerment predicted achieving the preferred number of children...
October 25, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Meselu Taye Kebede, Anne-Lise Middelthon, Per Kristian Hilden
Unmarried, young women constitute a significant proportion of women who undergo unsafe abortion in Ethiopia. Based on material from an ethnographic study, the experiences of young, unmarried women who had been admitted to the hospital in the aftermath of an unsafe, clandestine abortion are explored in this article. The routes the young women followed in their search of abortion services and the concerns and realities they had to negotiate and navigate are at the fore. Despite their awareness of the dangers involved in clandestine and illegal abortion, the young women felt they had no choice but to use medically unsafe abortion services...
October 25, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Anna Kurniati, Ching-Min Chen, Ferry Efendi, Sarni Maniar Berliana
Employing the 2012 Indonesia Demographic and Health Survey data, we aimed to examine factors influencing married women to use maternity services. Data of married women who had given birth in the last five years before the survey were included in the analysis (n = 14,672). Factors of education, employment, women's age at first marriage, age at first birth, spousal education difference, contraceptive use, place of residence, and woman's attitude toward wife beating were associated with the use of antenatal care, institutional delivery, and postnatal care services...
October 20, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Omotayo Adewale Haruna-Ogun
Uptake of antenatal care (ANC) is poor in Nigeria, however there are geographical variations. We investigated the relationship between place of residence, region and ANC utilization in Nigeria. Using data of the most recent demographic and health survey, the geographic predictors of ANC were modelled. Women in the rural areas were 79 percent less likely to have the recommended four ANC visits. The odds of a woman in Southern Nigeria having four ANC visit are 4.347 times the odds of a woman in Northern Nigeria having the recommended ANC visit...
October 20, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Ruveyde Aydın, Kamile Kukulu
Evaluation of the maternal function is important not only for the mother and the baby but for the family health, as well. The aim of the researchers was to examine the Barkin Index of Maternal Function (BIMF) to Turkish Culture. Two hundred thirty-five postpartum women participated in the study. As a result of exploratory factor analysis of the scale, we decided that it should be 5-factor. Fit indexes of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) were determined as Root Mean Square Error of Approximation (RMSEA) 0...
October 18, 2017: Health Care for Women International
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