Advancing a conceptual model to improve maternal health quality: The Person-Centered Care Framework for Reproductive Health Equity
- Publisher: F1000 Research Limited
Gates Open Research
Global Health | Health Systems & Services Research | Health Seeking Behavior | Research Article | Patient Experience | Maternal Health | Person-Centered Care | Articles | Reproductive Health | Equity | Quality of Care | Quality
Background: Globally, substantial health inequities exist with regard to maternal, newborn and reproductive health. Lack of access to good quality care—across its many dimensions—is a key factor driving these inequities. Significant global efforts have been made towards improving the quality of care within facilities for maternal and reproductive health. However, one critically overlooked aspect of quality improvement activities is person-centered care. Main body: The objective of this paper is to review existing literature and theories related to person-centered reproductive health care to develop a framework for improving the quality of reproductive health, particularly in low and middle-income countries. This paper proposes the Person-Centered Care Framework for Reproductive Health Equity, which describes three levels of interdependent contexts for women’s reproductive health: societal and community determinants of health equity, women’s health-seeking behaviors, and the quality of care within the walls of the facility. It lays out eight domains of person-centered care for maternal and reproductive health. Conclusions: Person-centered care has been shown to improve outcomes; yet, there is no consensus on definitions and measures in the area of women’s reproductive health care. The proposed Framework reviews essential aspects of person-centered reproductive health care.