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Barriers to essential surgical care experienced by women in the two northernmost regions of Ghana: a cross-sectional survey

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Women's Health, May 2016
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Title
Barriers to essential surgical care experienced by women in the two northernmost regions of Ghana: a cross-sectional survey
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BMC Women's Health, May 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12905-016-0308-4
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Adam Gyedu, Francis Abantanga, Godfred Boakye, Shailvi Gupta, Easmon Otupiri, Anita Eseenam Agbeko, Adam Kushner, Barclay Stewart

Abstract

Women in developing countries might experience certain barriers to care more frequently than men. We aimed to describe barriers to essential surgical care that women face in five communities in Ghana. Questions regarding potential barriers were asked during surgical outreaches to five communities in the northernmost regions of Ghana. Responses were scored in three dimensions from 0 to 18 (i.e., 'acceptability,' 'affordability,' and 'accessibility'; 18 implied no barriers). A barrier to care index out of 10 was derived (10 implied no barriers). An open-ended question to elicit gender-specific barriers was also asked. Of the 320 participants approached, 315 responded (response rate 98 %); 149 were women (47 %). Women had a slightly lower barriers to surgical care index (median index 7.4; IQR 3.9-9.1) than men (7.9; IQR 3.9-9.4; p = 0.002). Compared with men, women had lower accessibility and acceptability dimension scores (14.4/18 vs 14.4/18; p = 0.001 and 13.5/18 vs 14/18; p = 0.05, respectively), but similar affordability scores (13.5/18 vs 13.5/18; p = 0.13). Factors contributing to low dimension scores among women included fear of anesthesia, lack of social support, and difficulty navigating healthcare, as well as lack of hospital privacy and confidentiality. Women had a slightly lower barriers to surgical care index than men, which may indicate greater barriers to surgical care. However, the actual significance of this difference is not yet known. Community-level education regarding the safety and benefits of essential surgical care is needed. Additionally, healthcare facilities must ensure a private and confidential care environment. These interventions might ameliorate some barriers to essential surgical care for women in Ghana, as well as other LMICs more broadly.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 1%
Kenya 1 1%
Unknown 70 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 12 17%
Student > Master 11 15%
Researcher 8 11%
Student > Postgraduate 6 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 8%
Other 21 29%
Unknown 8 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 30 42%
Nursing and Health Professions 13 18%
Social Sciences 7 10%
Psychology 3 4%
Environmental Science 2 3%
Other 4 6%
Unknown 13 18%

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