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Beyond barriers in studying disparities in women's access to health services in Ontario, Canada: a qualitative metasynthesis

Beyond barriers in studying disparities in women's access to health services in Ontario, Canada: a qualitative metasynthesis

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Title: Beyond barriers in studying disparities in women's access to health services in Ontario, Canada: a qualitative metasynthesis
Author: Angus, JE
Lombardo, AP
Lowndes, RH
Cechetto, N
Ahmad, F
Bierman, AS
Abstract: Women live within complex and differing social, economic, and environmental circumstances that influence options to seek health care. In this article we report on a metasynthesis of qualitative research concerning access disparities for women in the Canadian province of Ontario, where there is a publicly funded health care system. We took a metastudy approach to analysis of results from 35 relevant qualitative articles to understand the conditions and conceptualizations of women’s inequitable access to health care. The articles’ authors attributed access disparities to myriad barriers. We focused our analysis on these barriers to understand the contributing social and political forces. We found that four major, sometimes countervailing, forces shaped access to health care: (a) contextual conditions, (b) constraints, (c) barriers, and (d) deterrents. Complex convergences of these forces acted to push, pull, obstruct, and/or repel women as they sought health care, resulting in different patterns of inequitable access.
Sponsor: The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (New Investigator Award, Angus; Summer Research Traineeship, Cechetto); and Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care (Bierman, POWER study).
Subject: Health care, access to
Health care disparities
Metasynthesis
Women’s health
Type: Article
Rights: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732312469464
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/31827
Published: SAGE
Citation: Angus JE, Lombardo AP, Lowndes RH, Cechetto N, Ahmad F & Bierman AS. Beyond barriers in studying disparities in women's access to health services in Ontario, Canada: a qualitative metasynthesis. Qualitative Health Research 2013; 23(4) 476–494.
Date: 2013-04

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