Revising the FP Quality of Care Framework in the Context of Rights-based Family Planning

Stud Fam Plann. 2018 Jun;49(2):171-179. doi: 10.1111/sifp.12052. Epub 2018 Apr 30.


Nearly three decades ago, Bruce articulated a client-centered quality of care (QoC) framework for family planning services. The term quality has since then been used in many rights-based frameworks for health, reproductive health, and family planning. This commentary compares the concept of quality used in many of these frameworks to reconcile the elements of the FP QoC framework with the use of quality in various rights frameworks. We propose five modifications to the original FP QoC framework to better align it with the treatment of quality in the rights-based approaches and the way quality in family planning has been applied in practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Confidentiality / standards
  • Continuity of Patient Care / standards
  • Developing Countries
  • Family Planning Services / standards*
  • Health Services Accessibility / standards
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic / standards
  • Patient Rights*
  • Patient Safety / standards
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*