What constitutes a good health care experience for unintended pregnancy? A qualitative study among young people in California
Mahanaimy M, Gerdts C, Moseson H. What constitutes a good health care experience for unintended pregnancy? A qualitative study among young people in California. Culture, Health & Sexuality. November 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2020.1840631
Abstract: Little is known about young people’s experiences accessing healthcare for unintended pregnancy in the USA. To address this gap, we conducted in-depth interviews with 25 young people in California who had experienced at least one unintended pregnancy at or before 25 years of age. Participants were asked about their interactions with healthcare providers during the pregnancy, their thoughts on the determinants of their perceived quality of care, and the ways in which their healthcare experience could have been improved. Thematic analysis was used to organise information within and across interview transcripts. Two important determinants of participants’ satisfaction with their healthcare experience were identified during analysis: (1) receiving comprehensive information about their pregnancy options and what to expect from each, and (2) having an empathetic, nonjudgemental provider. Regarding abortion, participants described an unmet need for accurate information and frequent stigmatising experiences with dismissive and judgemental care providers. These findings highlight the importance of providing comprehensive, non-judgemental pregnancy options counselling to all pregnant people, regardless of age and desired pregnancy outcome; and reinforce the need for providers to consider ways in which their own bias may influence the quality of care they provide.