Defining the Moment of Quality of Reproductive Health Care: Some General Thoughts

Afr J Fertil Sexual Reprod Heal. 1996 Dec;1(2):82-4.


PIP: Good interpersonal care is essential in all types of health care, but especially in reproductive health care. Given the personal nature of reproductive health issues and concerns, reproductive health services also need to be personal. The interpersonal nature of reproductive health care may therefore mean that clients need help dealing with their personal circumstances and choices. Such intervention may involve discussing the impact on health and sexuality of traditional practices such as female genital mutilation, the possibility of contracting AIDS from a sex partner, and/or the vulnerability of going through a pregnancy with neither family nor partner support. The possibility of providing high quality reproductive health care depends upon both available resources and program ideology. While many reproductive health providers may know what are the ideal techniques, they fail to provide them. Respect for the client is the basic element required to provide high quality reproductive health services. Such respect should include a sensitivity to the client's family and partnership context, a willingness to address a broad spectrum of client needs, and a willingness to measure the value of a service in light of client outcomes.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior
  • Health
  • Health Services Research
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Organization and Administration
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Reproductive Medicine*