Measuring the Quality of Family Planning

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 13, 2017May 19, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In October 2015, researchers, programmers and policymakers gathered in Bellagio, Italy to discuss strategies for improving, standardizing and simplifying the measurement of quality in family planning. The resulting papers, along with commentaries from Dominic Montagu and Kim Longfield, were published by Metrics for Management in late 2016.Issues surrounding family planning have gained momentum in recent years, exemplified by the work of Family Planning 2020 and the inclusion of the Sustainable Development Goal 3 target to “ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs” by 2030. Forty years of research has taught the global family planning community that quality is equally important as (if not more important than) affordability of services for increasing utilization of contraceptives. However, accurately measuring quality can be challenging. While numerous strategies, many of which are described in this series of papers, have been used to measure the quality of family planning services, a lack of standardization limits researchers’ capacity to compare programs in diverse global settings.The stakeholders who participated in the Bellagio meeting agreed that an effective measure of family planning quality should be:– Standardized– Simple– Credible– Actionable– Easy and inexpensive to use– Able to facilitate comparison against national standards– Valued by providersThe papers in this series provide an opportunity to review and learn from what has already been done and work towards consensus on a more effective measurement strategy moving forward.The importance of quality to family planningThe evolution of strategies and measurement methods to assess the quality of family planning servicesSteps toward improving quality of care in private franchisesExperiences with measuring quality to dateAn innovative public-private approach for benchmarking quality of healthcare: Implementing SafeCare in 556 healthcare facilities in Kenya, 2011-2016Overcoming challenges in quality assurance for social franchises for healthcare: Experiences from case studies in Kenya, Uganda and Pakistan, 2008-2015Constructing indicators for measurement and improvement of the quality of family planning programs: An example using data on choice from the Philippines, 1997-1998Social franchising for improving the clinical quality of family planning services and increasing client volumes at privately owned clinics: Evidence from the Suraj social franchise network, Pakistan, 2013-2014Quality in social franchises: Challenges of improving interpersonal relations, with qualitative data from Asia and Africa, 2015Examining progress and equity in information received by women using a modern method in 25 developing countriesKey considerations for making progress in quality measurementFamily planning quality assessment tools used in low- and middle-income countries: Review for application in clinic-based servicesOptions for measuring the quality of family planning programs: The experience of social franchisor Population Services InternationalThe quality of healthcare: Measurement of improvement or measurement for improvement?Benchmarking to assess quality of family planning services: Construction and use of indices for family planning readiness in Kenya with data from 2010 and 2014—Access the full series of papers from the Bellagio meeting.Learn about the connection between family planning and maternal health.Check out other posts from the MHTF’s Quality of Maternal Health Care blog series.Share this:last_img

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