Quality of care in family planning clinics in Jamaica. Do clients and providers agree?

West Indian Med J. 2001 Dec;50(4):322-7.


This paper uses data from 199 providers and 20 simulated clients collected at 50 public sector and Non Governmental Organization (NGO) health facilities islandwide in 1995 to compare the two groups' views on quality of care of family planning services. Each of the five components of quality of care studied can be improved in Jamaica. Nearly two-thirds of the simulated clients felt able to freely choose a contraceptive method; however, more adequate and appropriate information needs to be imparted to clients through improved counselling, including promotion of dual method use (against STD/HIV/AIDS and conception). The requirement that a woman must be menstruating to receive services has inadvertently resulted in many clients going away empty-handed (without counselling or condoms) when they visit family planning clinics. While providers generally treat clients well, training and service delivery practices need to be revised to improve the technical competence of providers. All of the providers would recommend these clinics to others, compared to a little over half of the simulated clients. Both the providers and simulated clients said that privacy should be strengthened, particularly in small facilities in rural areas. Many of these aspects of quality of care are being improved in Jamaica's public sector health facilities. Managers can learn more about quality of care by seeking the knowledge, opinions and experiences of both providers and clients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities / standards*
  • Confidentiality
  • Contraceptive Devices
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods
  • Family Planning Services / education
  • Family Planning Services / methods
  • Family Planning Services / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Jamaica
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality of Health Care*