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Evaluation of service quality in family planning clinics in Lusaka, Zambia
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  • Pubmed ID:
    26142618
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC4575866
  • Description:
    Objective

    To determine the quality of contraceptive services in family planning clinics in Lusaka, Zambia using a standardized approach.

    Study design

    We utilized the Quick Investigation of Quality, a cross-sectional survey tool consisting of a facility assessment, client-provider observation, and client exit interview, in public-sector family planning clinics. Data were collected on availability of seven contraceptive methods, information given to clients, interpersonal relations between providers and clients, providers’ technical competence, and mechanisms for continuity and follow-up.

    Results

    Data were collected from five client-provider observations and client exit interviews in each of six public-sector family planning clinics. All clinics had at least two contraceptive methods continuously available for the preceding six months. Most providers asked clients about concerns with their contraceptive method (80%) and told clients when to return to the clinic (87%). Most clients reported that the provider advised what to do if a problem develops (93%); described possible side effects (89%); explained how to use the method effectively (85%); and told them when to come for follow-up (83%). Clients were satisfied with services received (93%).

    Conclusion(s)

    This application of the Quick Investigation of Quality showed that the participating family planning clinics in Lusaka, Zambia were prepared to offer high quality services with the available commodities, and clients were satisfied with the received services. Despite the subjective client satisfaction, quality improvement efforts are needed to increase contraceptive availability.

    Implications

    Although clients perceived the quality of care received to be high, family planning service quality could be improved to continuously offer the full spectrum of contraceptive options. The Quick Investigation of Quality was easily implemented in Lusaka, Zambia, and this simple approach could be utilized in a variety of settings as a modality for quality improvement.

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  • Funding:
    1R25TW009340-01/TW/FIC NIH HHS/United States
    R25 TW009340/TW/FIC NIH HHS/United States
    T32 HD075731/HD/NICHD NIH HHS/United States
    T32 HD075731/HD/NICHD NIH HHS/United States
    U2G GH000226/GH/CGH CDC HHS/United States
    U2G GH000226/GH/CGH CDC HHS/United States
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