:: Volume 19, Issue 11 (2-2015) ::
__Armaghane Danesh__ 2015, 19(11): 969-980 Back to browse issues page
Estimation of the workload added on the health system due to unwanted pregnancies and Children born of these pregnancies in kohgiloyeh Boyrahmad province 2010-2011
Zebaneh Tabeshfar1, Reza Chaman2, Hamidreza Ghaffarian Shirazi2, Abdolmohamad Saddat2
1- Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Yasuj University Of Medical Sciences. Yasuj, Iran , z.tabeshfar@yahoo.com
2- Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Yasuj University Of Medical Sciences. Yasuj, Iran
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Background & aim: Unwanted pregnancy increases maternal and child mortality and increases health centers workload. The purpose of this study was to estimate the additional workload caused by unwanted pregnancies in the province's health system of Kohgilouyeh & Boyerahmad province, Iran. Methods: The present cross-sectional study was conducted in the second half of 2009 on the prenatal care for pregnant women referred to city health centers. Frequency of maternal and child care were assessed according to the latest Ministry of Health guidelines. Average time required to provide each patient was calculated based on the role results, then added workload was assessed. Data were analyzed using SPSS software. Results: An overall 350 unwanted pregnancy cases were identified. Assuming the same unwanted pregnancies in the first half and the second year of 2009 total of 21,140 times the equivalent of 3696 hours of extra work visit were added to the labor working primary health care centers in the city. Conclusion: Unwanted pregnancies resulting in increased staff workload of health centers, and if not provided with sufficient manpower, it may lead to the reduction of maternal and child health care qualities of these centers.
Keywords: Unwanted pregnancy, Health systems, Health center, Workload, refer time
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2015/03/1 | Accepted: 2015/03/1 | Published: 2015/03/1

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