Culture, Community, and Health [Monteverde Institute]

Alternative Title

Acceso al servicio de atención prenatal para las mujeres de la Zona de Monteverde hasta el momento del parto



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Publication Date

August 2002



Retrospective, exploratory study of access and utilization of health care services for pregnant women in the Monteverde Community.

The purpose of this analysis is to conduct a retrospective, exploratory study of access and utilization of health care services from the prenatal period through parturition in the Monteverde Community. Initial interviews indicated that although universal health care is available to all women in the Monteverde zone through the CAJA, many women were not satisfied with the services they received and still others chose private physicians for care. A quantitative survey tool was utilized to assess the satisfaction of women with clinic services. In-depth semi-structured qualitative interviews were also conducted. The research group focused on women of childbearing age. Women were questioned about clinic utilization, satisfaction with services, and suggestions for improvements. The results of our study show that, overall, 67% of women are satisfied with women's health services at the clinic. Women also reported their largest concern with the clinic is the quality of care and the experience of the doctors. Of those surveyed, 47% either disagreed or strongly disagreed that they were satisfied with the doctors at the clinic. The study also highlighted the need for additional services such as a birthing center, a laboratory, specialty services, and H1V/A1DS testing. While limitations to the current study exist, the findings warrant further investigation into the access and utilization of services at the Clínica Monteverde.

Abstract Spanish

Retrospectivo, estudio exploratorio del acceso y uso de los servicios de atenció de la salud para mujeres embarazadas en la comunidad de Monteverde.


Parturition, Partos, Prenatal care, Cuidado prenatal, Pregnant women, Mujeres embarazadas, Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Monteverde Zone, Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Zona de Monteverde, Community Health 2002, Salud Comunitaria 2002

Subject: topical

Parturition; Partos; Prenatal care; Cuidado prenatal; Pregnant women; Mujeres embarazadas; Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Zona de Monteverde; Community Health 2002; Salud Comunitaria 2002

Subject: geographic

Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Monteverde Zone



Holding Location

Monteverde Institute MVI



Women’s access and utilization of health care services from pre-natal period through parturition in the Monteverde Zone



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