Barriers to obstetric fistula treatment in low‐income countries: a systematic review

@article{Baker2017BarriersTO,
  title={Barriers to obstetric fistula treatment in low‐income countries: a systematic review},
  author={Zoe Baker and Ben Bellows and Rachel Bach and Charlotte E. Warren},
  journal={Tropical Medicine \& International Health},
  year={2017},
  volume={22}
}
To identify the barriers faced by women living with obstetric fistula in low‐income countries that prevent them from seeking care, reaching medical centres and receiving appropriate care. 
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Treatment-seeking for fistula remains low and it should be augmented via mix of strategies for abridging health-system, psycho-social, economic and awareness barriers.
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The study shows that educational status, has not heard about complications of obstetric fistula, being far distant from the health facility, and not being pregnant were found to be factors that hinder the early detection and management of obstetrics fistula.
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Treatment-seeking for fistula remains low and it should be improved through addressing health-system, psycho-social, economic and awareness barriers, and women without formal education compared to women with formal education had reduced odds of treatment-seeking.
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What factors affect patients’ ability to access healthcare? An overview of systematic reviews
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To develop understanding of where barriers to healthcare access lie, and in what context, to inform tailored policies aimed at improving access to healthcare for all who need it, synthesising global evidence on factors affecting healthcare access, and variations across low- and middle-income countries is synthesised.
Knowledge on Genitourinary Fistula among Nurses in a Tertiary Hos-pital of Eastern Nepal
Background: Genitourinary fistula, occurs most commonly due to preventable obstetric causes in developing countries. Women with obstetric fistula are at risk of infection, neglected from family and
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