Assessments of the importance of provider characteristics for abortion care: data from women in Rajasthan, India

Health Care Women Int. 2011 Jan;32(1):72-95. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2010.529212.


While client satisfaction is a widely recognized component of effective reproductive health care services, little is known about women's perspectives toward abortion care and providers. We use data from a large, community-based abortion knowledge, attitudes, and practices survey in Rajasthan, India, to describe women's assessments of the importance of eight attributes of potential abortion providers and to investigate the sociodemographic differentials in these assessments. Women prioritized technical aspects of abortion care, including provider skill and an equipped facility, and they deemphasized distance and postabortion contraceptive requirements. Although assessments were stable across many sociodemographic factors, the priorities of urban and rural women varied significantly. Women's prioritization of provider attributes should be incorporated into abortion services.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced / methods*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Choice Behavior
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Personnel
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • India
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Pregnancy
  • Professional Competence*
  • Rural Population
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Young Adult