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Vulnerable Household Women’s Health Assessment (VH-WHAT): Protocol Design and Implementation

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E Barooti 1 , * , AA Haghdoost 2 , H Hosseini 3 , Z Tabibzadeh 4 , S Bahmani 2 , S Taheri 5 , N Zamiri 6 , KB Lankarani 6

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1 Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Women’s Affairs Office, Tehran, Iran

2 Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 School of Public Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Fars, Iran

4 Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran,

5 Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Women’s Affairs Office, Tehran, Tehran, Iran

6 Health Policy Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Fars, Iran

How to Cite: Barooti E, Haghdoost A, Hosseini H, Tabibzadeh Z, Bahmani S, et al. Vulnerable Household Women’s Health Assessment (VH-WHAT): Protocol Design and Implementation, Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2010 ; 12(4):e95902.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 12 (4); e95902
Published Online: July 31, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 02, 2019
Accepted: July 31, 2010

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Abstract

Background: The gender-based approach can identify women’s health problems on the basis of biological differences and their social, familial and individual roles. Unequal power relationship between men and women, fewer chances of education and employment, repeated pregnancies, longer life-spans, a greater proportion of the world’s poor, inappropriate familiarity with their health risks increase their need to better benefit from primary healthcare. As determinants of health, poverty and social class indicate that women and especially deprived women require a greater focus on their health. This study attempts to identify modifiable health risk factors of these individuals.

 

Methods: The women-headed households under cover in 11 provincial centers were included in the study. Medical consultation, general physical examination, fasting blood sugar level, blood cell count, lipid profile and systematic examinations, specific examinations of breast, pelvis, mammography and Pap Smear were performed according to the protocol. As a pilot study, 2730 individuals were assessed and their demographic features were obtained.

 

Results: The mean age of participants in the pilot study was 47.6±10.2 years ranging from 22 to 88 years of age.

 

Conclusion: We expect that the study’s findings would provide the opportunity to compare the differences of the special subgroups of vulnerable women with the data available in the country, and if necessary implement changes suitable with the vulnerable groups’ health status.

Keywords

Gender-based Household women Health protocol Iran

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