Women's Experience of Discrimination in Australian Perinatal Care: The Double Disadvantage of Social Adversity and Unequal Care
Jane Susanne Yelland, Georgina Ann Sutherland, Stephanie Janne Brown
BIRTH-ISSUES IN PERINATAL CARE | WILEY | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: Discrimination in women's health care, particularly perinatal care, has received minimal attention. The aim of this study is to describe women's experience of discrimination in different models of maternity care and to examine the relationship between maternal social characteristics and perceived discrimination in perinatal care. METHODS: A population-based postal survey was mailed 6 months postpartum to all women who gave birth in two Australian states in September and October 2007. Perceived discrimination was assessed using a five-item measure designed to elicit information about experiences of unequal treatment by health professionals. RESULTS: A total of 4,366 eligible women..View full abstract
Funding for this research was provided by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; the Victorian Department of Human Services, Melbourne, Victoria; the South Australian Department of Health, Adelaide, South Australia; and support from the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.