Exploring the characteristics of public reproductive health services in the Islamic REpublic of Iran from the perspective of unmaried women: what needs to be changed?

Shanaz Kohan, Fatemeh Mohammadi, Ali Gholami
2016 Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal  
This qualitative study in the Islamic Republic of Iran aimed to explore facilitators and barriers to the use of reproductive health services by unmarried women. A purposive sample of unmarried women aged 25-60 years in Isfahan city were interviewed about their experiences of reproductive health services in public health centres. Content analysis of responses revealed that the favourable characteristics of reproductive health services in public centres were services that: were delivered by
more » ... nel of the same sex in a woman-friendly environment and available at a suitable price, and did not label clients. In contrast, the following characteristics made public health centres undesirable for unmarried women: not addressing single women for reproductive health services; lack of privacy; failure to maintain confidentiality; doubts about skills and scientific ability of personnel; and lack of integration of services.
doi:10.26719/2016.22.2.116 fatcat:k3oqe7lqrfclzkqowrvoptimpa