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Challenges to maternal health care utilization among ethnic minority women in a resource-poor region of Sichuan Province, China

Harris, Amanda, Zhou, Yun, Liao, Hua, Barclay, Lesley, Zeng, Weiyue and Gao, Yu (2010). Challenges to maternal health care utilization among ethnic minority women in a resource-poor region of Sichuan Province, China. Health Policy and Planning,25(4):311-318.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 81704288xPUB64
Title Challenges to maternal health care utilization among ethnic minority women in a resource-poor region of Sichuan Province, China
Author Harris, Amanda
Zhou, Yun
Liao, Hua
Barclay, Lesley
Zeng, Weiyue
Gao, Yu
Journal Name Health Policy and Planning
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 25
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1460-2237   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-77955421373
Start Page 311
End Page 318
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract We present a simple descriptive study of maternal health care utilization among ethnic minority women in a remote region of China. Factors that affect women obtaining care and their decision-making are explored. Results show that utilization of maternal health care services is associated with a range of social, economic, cultural and geographic factors as well as the policies of the state and the delivery of services. Utilization is not necessarily increased through easy access to a health facility. We identify potential for improving utilization through developing the role of village-based health care workers, expanding mobile antenatal care clinics and changing the way township hospital services are provided and funded. This would include modifications to rural health insurance schemes. Several of these changes are achievable at the township or county level. The findings of this study provide insights that can be used by local health providers, planners and decision-makers to improve the provision of maternal health care services to ethnic minority women.
Keywords maternal health care services
health care utilization
ethnic minority women
resource-poor remote region
China
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czp062   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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