Experiences and Perceptions of Health Care Professionals in Macedonia regarding Contraception and Abortion

Vera Dimitrievska, University of Groningen
Jacques Zeelen, University of Groningen
Pieter Boele van Hensbroek, University of Groningen

The transition process creates challenges for professionalism of health staff pertaining to contraceptive practices and abortion in Macedonia. Contemporary international academic literature on professionalism suggests that apart from the technical knowledge other skills are required to deal with complex situations in health care using a progressive education. Aim: The present study takes up the challenge of obtaining an emic view of ideas, practices, and dilemmas of professionalism among health practitioners dealing with contraception and family planning practices in Macedonia. The study aims to get insight into the: Perceptions, motives, experiences of health care practitioners dealing with family planning, especially in the context of very high rates of abortion. Methods: We use qualitative data on health care professionals to illustrate different views of practitioners regarding professionalism and contraceptive behavior. Our findings highlight the relevant role of the professionals in dealing the their professional practices particularly with counseling approach about contraception.

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Presented in Poster Session 7: Family Planning, Sexual Behavior, and Reproductive Health