Explaining facilitators and barriers to treatment-seeking in women with pelvic organ prolapse: A qualitative study

Hadizadeh-Talasaz, Zahra and khadivzadeh, Talaat and Ebrahimipour, Hossein and Khadem Ghaebi, Nayereh (2019) Explaining facilitators and barriers to treatment-seeking in women with pelvic organ prolapse: A qualitative study. The Iranian Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility, 22 (3). pp. 16-31.

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Introduction:Treatment seeking in pelvic organ prolapse is influenced by socio-cultural components. Studies show that in the field of urinary-genital diseases, women are less likely to seek treatment and self-care behaviors. This study was performed with aim to explain the facilitators and barriers to treatment seeking in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Methods:This qualitative study was conducted on 15 women with POP referring to gynecologic clinics of Ghaem and Imam Reza Hospital in Mashhad in 2018. Data collection with semi-structured deep interviews continued until data saturation was achieved. All interviews were audio-taped and accurately typed, and then data were analyzed using conventional content analysis of Greinham approach with MAXqda software. Results:After categorizing and coding the data among total obtained themes, two main themes were extracted. Facilitators to treatment seeking has eight subcategories: understanding the support of the spouse and family, the recommendations of the health team to the treatment, understanding the exacerbation of symptoms, positive experiences of treatment in the community, believing the need for treatment at an early age, fear of future complications, hardship of religious duties and disturbing sexual intercourse.Barriers of seeking treatment have nine sub-categories including: lack of knowledge about POP, personal reluctant to referring for treatment, accessibility and affordability of treatment, negative experiences of treatment in people around them, economic-financial status, shame on speak about genital problems, factors related to children and family, lack of support and companion and occasional relative improvement of symptoms of the disease. Conclusion: The facilitators and barriers of treatment-seeking among women with pelvic organ prolapse which are identified in this study help them to understand health needs and can be considered as an important issue for designing the effective interventional and consulting programs by planners and providers of reproductive health services.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WP Gynecology
WQ Obstetrics
Divisions: Journals > Iranian J Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility
Depositing User: ijogi ijogi
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 05:51
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 05:51
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/11737

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