Rural maternity care and health policy: Parents' experiences

Rebecca Evans, Craig Veitch, Richard Hays, Michele Clark, Sarah Larkins

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)
32 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Objective: To explore rural residents' experiences of access to maternity care with consideration of the policy context. Design: This paper describes findings from focus groups with parents which formed part of case study data from a larger study. Setting: Four north Queensland rural towns. Participants: Thirty-three parents living in one of the four rural towns. Main outcome measures: Identifying prevalent themes in case studies regarding rural parents' expectations and experiences in accessing maternity care. Results: Parents desired a local, safe and consistent maternity service. Removing or downgrading rural services introduced new barriers to care for rural residents: (i) increased financial costs; (ii) family issues; and (iii) safety concerns. Conclusions: Although concerns about rural residents' health status and health care access have received significant policy attention for over a decade, many of the problems which prompted these policy initiatives remain today. Current policy approaches should be re-evaluated in order to improve rural Australians' access to vital health services such as maternity care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-311
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

Fingerprint

Health Policy
Parents
Rural Health
Queensland
Focus Groups
Health Status
Health Services
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Delivery of Health Care
Safety
Costs and Cost Analysis

Cite this

Evans, Rebecca ; Veitch, Craig ; Hays, Richard ; Clark, Michele ; Larkins, Sarah. / Rural maternity care and health policy : Parents' experiences. In: Australian Journal of Rural Health. 2011 ; Vol. 19, No. 6. pp. 306-311.
@article{3cd61937962c475b8be85228aebb48be,
title = "Rural maternity care and health policy: Parents' experiences",
abstract = "Objective: To explore rural residents' experiences of access to maternity care with consideration of the policy context. Design: This paper describes findings from focus groups with parents which formed part of case study data from a larger study. Setting: Four north Queensland rural towns. Participants: Thirty-three parents living in one of the four rural towns. Main outcome measures: Identifying prevalent themes in case studies regarding rural parents' expectations and experiences in accessing maternity care. Results: Parents desired a local, safe and consistent maternity service. Removing or downgrading rural services introduced new barriers to care for rural residents: (i) increased financial costs; (ii) family issues; and (iii) safety concerns. Conclusions: Although concerns about rural residents' health status and health care access have received significant policy attention for over a decade, many of the problems which prompted these policy initiatives remain today. Current policy approaches should be re-evaluated in order to improve rural Australians' access to vital health services such as maternity care.",
author = "Rebecca Evans and Craig Veitch and Richard Hays and Michele Clark and Sarah Larkins",
year = "2011",
month = "12",
doi = "10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01230.x",
language = "English",
volume = "19",
pages = "306--311",
journal = "Australian Journal of Rural Health",
issn = "1038-5282",
publisher = "Wiley Blackwell (American Society Bone & Mineral Research)",
number = "6",

}

Rural maternity care and health policy : Parents' experiences. / Evans, Rebecca; Veitch, Craig; Hays, Richard; Clark, Michele; Larkins, Sarah.

In: Australian Journal of Rural Health, Vol. 19, No. 6, 12.2011, p. 306-311.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Rural maternity care and health policy

T2 - Parents' experiences

AU - Evans, Rebecca

AU - Veitch, Craig

AU - Hays, Richard

AU - Clark, Michele

AU - Larkins, Sarah

PY - 2011/12

Y1 - 2011/12

N2 - Objective: To explore rural residents' experiences of access to maternity care with consideration of the policy context. Design: This paper describes findings from focus groups with parents which formed part of case study data from a larger study. Setting: Four north Queensland rural towns. Participants: Thirty-three parents living in one of the four rural towns. Main outcome measures: Identifying prevalent themes in case studies regarding rural parents' expectations and experiences in accessing maternity care. Results: Parents desired a local, safe and consistent maternity service. Removing or downgrading rural services introduced new barriers to care for rural residents: (i) increased financial costs; (ii) family issues; and (iii) safety concerns. Conclusions: Although concerns about rural residents' health status and health care access have received significant policy attention for over a decade, many of the problems which prompted these policy initiatives remain today. Current policy approaches should be re-evaluated in order to improve rural Australians' access to vital health services such as maternity care.

AB - Objective: To explore rural residents' experiences of access to maternity care with consideration of the policy context. Design: This paper describes findings from focus groups with parents which formed part of case study data from a larger study. Setting: Four north Queensland rural towns. Participants: Thirty-three parents living in one of the four rural towns. Main outcome measures: Identifying prevalent themes in case studies regarding rural parents' expectations and experiences in accessing maternity care. Results: Parents desired a local, safe and consistent maternity service. Removing or downgrading rural services introduced new barriers to care for rural residents: (i) increased financial costs; (ii) family issues; and (iii) safety concerns. Conclusions: Although concerns about rural residents' health status and health care access have received significant policy attention for over a decade, many of the problems which prompted these policy initiatives remain today. Current policy approaches should be re-evaluated in order to improve rural Australians' access to vital health services such as maternity care.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=81855185425&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01230.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2011.01230.x

M3 - Article

VL - 19

SP - 306

EP - 311

JO - Australian Journal of Rural Health

JF - Australian Journal of Rural Health

SN - 1038-5282

IS - 6

ER -