Which methods of dissemination do women in Cape Town, South Africa prefer when searching for safe abortion providers?

dc.contributor.advisorHarries, Jane
dc.contributor.advisorDaskilewicz, Kristen
dc.contributor.authorBlackburn, Kayla M
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-18T10:11:00Z
dc.date.available2019-02-18T10:11:00Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.date.updated2019-02-18T10:09:59Z
dc.description.abstractBackground: The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1996 makes provision for access to safe abortion, free of charge in government facilities in South Africa. Despite liberal abortion legislation, unsafe abortion persists in South Africa. Increasing access to information about safe and legal abortion providers through methods such as online databases, community health workers, and telephone hotlines will most likely decrease the number of women using illegal/unsafe abortion providers. This study aims to: determine how women prefer to access information on safe abortion providers and services in Cape Town, South Africa; determine which avenues of obtaining information are most accessible for women; and determine if there is a preferential difference in accessing information based on age, education and socioeconomic status. The purpose of this research is to provide knowledge on how to increase the accessibility of safe abortion providers and services through preferential information dissemination. Methods: Participants were recruited from Marie Stopes International South Africa, a non-profit organization (NGO) that provides sexual and reproductive health services in Cape Town, South Africa. Recruitment of participants took place between September and November 2017. Eligibility criteria included that participants be between 18 to 49 years of age and presenting for an abortion. Data was collected through a self-administered paper-based questionnaire. There were four sections of the questionnaire: Socio-Demographics, Reproductive History, Interactions with Sources of Health Information, and Preferred Method to Access Information. Results: Ninety-eight women completed the self-administered questionnaire. Over 59 % of women preferred to use the internet to access information about safe abortion providers. Participants had access to the internet via their mobile phones, computers, laptops, and tablets. Internet access was more accessible for women who had completed secondary school and/or acquired a post-secondary degree, was employed, and/or earned more than USD 258 a month. Participants also preferred to use health care providers (29%), and community health workers (20%) for accessing information about safe and legal abortion services. Conclusions: This study identified the most preferred and acceptable methods to access information about safe abortion providers by women at an NGO clinic in Cape Town. Community health workers, the internet and health care providers and hotlines should be used to formulate dissemination methods that are tailored to women in South Africa. Information about government facilities, their current abortion provision status, and the type of abortion services they provide should be compiled, continually updated, and made available to women in dissemination methods that are most preferred, accessible and acceptable to women. Options for socioeconomically disadvantaged women should be developed in conjunction with Internet-based options for accessing information about safe abortion providers and services.
dc.identifier.apacitationBlackburn, K. M. (2018). <i>Which methods of dissemination do women in Cape Town, South Africa prefer when searching for safe abortion providers?</i>. (). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Public Health and Family Medicine. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29587en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationBlackburn, Kayla M. <i>"Which methods of dissemination do women in Cape Town, South Africa prefer when searching for safe abortion providers?."</i> ., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Public Health and Family Medicine, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29587en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationBlackburn, K. 2018. Which methods of dissemination do women in Cape Town, South Africa prefer when searching for safe abortion providers?. University of Cape Town.en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Blackburn, Kayla M AB - Background: The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1996 makes provision for access to safe abortion, free of charge in government facilities in South Africa. Despite liberal abortion legislation, unsafe abortion persists in South Africa. Increasing access to information about safe and legal abortion providers through methods such as online databases, community health workers, and telephone hotlines will most likely decrease the number of women using illegal/unsafe abortion providers. This study aims to: determine how women prefer to access information on safe abortion providers and services in Cape Town, South Africa; determine which avenues of obtaining information are most accessible for women; and determine if there is a preferential difference in accessing information based on age, education and socioeconomic status. The purpose of this research is to provide knowledge on how to increase the accessibility of safe abortion providers and services through preferential information dissemination. Methods: Participants were recruited from Marie Stopes International South Africa, a non-profit organization (NGO) that provides sexual and reproductive health services in Cape Town, South Africa. Recruitment of participants took place between September and November 2017. Eligibility criteria included that participants be between 18 to 49 years of age and presenting for an abortion. Data was collected through a self-administered paper-based questionnaire. There were four sections of the questionnaire: Socio-Demographics, Reproductive History, Interactions with Sources of Health Information, and Preferred Method to Access Information. Results: Ninety-eight women completed the self-administered questionnaire. Over 59 % of women preferred to use the internet to access information about safe abortion providers. Participants had access to the internet via their mobile phones, computers, laptops, and tablets. Internet access was more accessible for women who had completed secondary school and/or acquired a post-secondary degree, was employed, and/or earned more than USD 258 a month. Participants also preferred to use health care providers (29%), and community health workers (20%) for accessing information about safe and legal abortion services. Conclusions: This study identified the most preferred and acceptable methods to access information about safe abortion providers by women at an NGO clinic in Cape Town. Community health workers, the internet and health care providers and hotlines should be used to formulate dissemination methods that are tailored to women in South Africa. Information about government facilities, their current abortion provision status, and the type of abortion services they provide should be compiled, continually updated, and made available to women in dissemination methods that are most preferred, accessible and acceptable to women. Options for socioeconomically disadvantaged women should be developed in conjunction with Internet-based options for accessing information about safe abortion providers and services. DA - 2018 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2018 T1 - Which methods of dissemination do women in Cape Town, South Africa prefer when searching for safe abortion providers? TI - Which methods of dissemination do women in Cape Town, South Africa prefer when searching for safe abortion providers? UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29587 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/29587
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationBlackburn KM. Which methods of dissemination do women in Cape Town, South Africa prefer when searching for safe abortion providers?. []. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Public Health and Family Medicine, 2018 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/29587en_ZA
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Public Health and Family Medicine
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Health Sciences
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.subject.otherPublic Health
dc.titleWhich methods of dissemination do women in Cape Town, South Africa prefer when searching for safe abortion providers?
dc.typeMaster Thesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters
dc.type.qualificationnameMPH
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