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Sex Reprod Healthc. 2017 Mar;11:7-12. doi: 10.1016/j.srhc.2016.09.001. Epub 2016 Sep 12.

"If really we are committed things can change, starting from us": Healthcare providers' perceptions of postpartum care and its potential for improvement in low-income suburbs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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1
School of Nursing and Midwifery/TIHE, Aga Khan University, P.O. Box 38129, Ufukoni Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; International Maternal and Child Health/IMCH, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Akademiska Sjukhuset, SE 751 85 Uppsala, Sweden. Electronic address: eunice.pallangyo@kbh.uu.se.
2
School of Nursing, Department of Community Health, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences/MUHAS, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
3
International Maternal and Child Health/IMCH, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Akademiska Sjukhuset, SE 751 85 Uppsala, Sweden.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore healthcare providers' perceptions of the current postpartum care (PPC) practice and its potential for improvement at governmental health institutions in low-resource suburbs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

DESIGN:

Qualitative design, using focus group discussions (8) and qualitative content analysis.

SETTING:

Healthcare institutions (8) at three levels of governmental healthcare in Ilala and Temeke suburbs, Dar es Salaam.

PARTICIPANTS:

Registered, enrolled and trained nurse-midwives (42); and medical and clinical officers (13).

RESULTS:

The healthcare providers perceived that PPC was suboptimal and that they could have prevented maternal deaths. PPC was fragmented at understaffed institutions, lacked guidelines and was organized in a top-down structure of leadership. The participants called for improvement of: organization of space, time, resources, communication and referral system; providers' knowledge; and supervision and feedback. Their motivation to enhance PPC quality was high.

KEY CONCLUSIONS:

The HCP awareness of the suboptimal quality of PPC, its potential for promoting health and their willingness to engage in improving care are promising for the implementation of interventions to improve quality of care. Provision of guidelines, sensitization of providers to innovate and maximize utilization of existing resources, and supportive supervision and feedback are likely to contribute to the sustainability of any improvement.

KEYWORDS:

Focus group; HCP; Postpartum care; Quality of care; Tanzania

PMID:
28159132
DOI:
10.1016/j.srhc.2016.09.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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