Patients in contemporary Russian reproductive health care institutions: Strategies of establishing trust

Anna Temkina, Elena Zdravomyslova

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Abstract

Russian reproductive health care systems have undergone many changes since the 1990s. These changes have given users new opportunities, and users have become more demanding and knowledgeable. At the same time, patients distrust health care institutions and practitioners, which remains one of the Russian reproductive health care's most significant problems. The authors focus on public and private reproductive health care encounters from the patients' perspectives, concentrate on the women's experiences during pregnancy and delivery, explain patients' distrust of medical institutions, and examine the coping strategies patients develop to establish trust. Young, active, educated women do not want to be treated as Soviet patients-disciplined, ignorant, and obedient. They want to find a trustworthy doctor and receive reliable, comfortable, and proximate medical service.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-293
Number of pages17
JournalDemokratizatsiya
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Distrust
  • Health care
  • Reproduction
  • Russia
  • Strategies
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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