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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


An exploratory, descriptive design was used to examine women's perceptions of barriers that inhibited them from keeping their postpartum appointments. The Health Belief Model (HBM) was used as a theoretical framework, with special attention to the barriers dimension. A three-part survey consisting of basic demographic questions, a five point response scale for assessment of perceived barriers, and open-ended questions were used for data collection. A convenience sample of 15 women in a rural southwestern Michigan community who had not kept their postpartum appointment by the sixth week after delivery were included in the study. Data were collected by a structured telephone interview method. The results of the study reveal that a low value attached to postpartum care and logistical (access to care) barriers posed the greatest threat to obtaining postpartum care in the group studied.


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