Date of Award

5-1-2017

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Health Education

First Advisor

Buila, Sarah

Abstract

ABSTRACT This dissertation investigated Ghanaian women’s perspectives and experiences in their use of health services. The Social Ecological Model was used to guide the study. Focused Ethnographic strategy was employed for this study with focus group approach as the primary data collection. Participants for the study consisted of women who were 18 years and older and living in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolitan area in the western region of Ghana. Participants included a proportional representation of educated and non-educated; those with health insurance and those without; women with children and without children. As indicated by Skolnik (2016), “One’s health does depend on access to appropriate health care services even if you are born healthy or not” (p.21). Since being able to receive appropriate health care services is very important, the outcome of the study will enable health professionals as well as government officials, to develop appropriate programs to address these issues the women face when seeking health care services.

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