"It depends on your pocket:" findings from a qualitative study in Uganda exploring women's and health care providers' perspectives on family planning

Health Care Women Int. 2014;35(3):234-48. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2012.736575. Epub 2013 Mar 26.


An unmet need for family planning among Ugandan women remains. Our research team conducted qualitative research to identify Ugandan perspectives about family planning. We facilitated interviews with Ugandan women and health care providers. Using grounded theory, our team analyzed the data to identify themes from the transcripts. The researchers identified the cross-cutting theme as the influence of money on women and health care providers. Although affordability and accessibility were recognized as determinants of ensuring family planning uptake, we found that money impacts the decision making via additional mechanisms. For women, monetary concerns associated with assuring family needs were prioritized. For health care providers, they discussed that money created barriers as well as incentives to family planning service provisions.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Family Planning Services / economics*
  • Family Planning Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Personnel*
  • Health Services Accessibility / economics*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quality of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Uganda