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TitleAccess to infertility consultations: what women tell us about it?
Author(s)Remoaldo, Paula Cristina Almeida
Martins, Maria de Fátima da Silva Vieira
Faria, Juliana Patrícia Alves
Veiga, Paula
Issue date2019
PublisherBentham Science Publishers Ltd.
JournalCurrent Women's Health Reviews
CitationREMOALDO, P.C.; MARTIONS, F.; FARIA, J.; VEIGA, P. (2018), “Access to infertility consultations – What women tell us about it?”, Current Women's Health Reviews, Vol. 14, 20 p.
Abstract(s)The main objective of the present paper is to evaluate the perception of women concerning the barriers and access to infertility consultations. Socio cultural and economic access to infertility consultations is detached and three municipalities of the northwest of Portugal were chosen as an example of a peripheral country. A quantitative/qualitative study was done with 60 women. Three dimensions were evaluated: geographic and structural and functional access; economic access; and sociocultural access. The main barriers were mainly identified in the last two dimensions. The economic access was the less well evaluated by women being the cost of treatment (medication, and concentration of costs in a short period) difficult to bear. This can justify a greater involvement of the Portuguese Government, by developing policies for the reimbursement of part of the costs. Also, some changes in structural and functional access must be done with special regard to the separation of the infertility consultations from the reproductive medicine section. The setting of the teams, with a follow-up by the same team of health professionals is also needed.
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