Patient-centered care in Haiti
Awarded 2017
Trainee Grants
Emily Hall, RN, MSN, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

In Haiti, 33% of women who desire to space or prevent pregnancy are not yet using modern contraceptive methods. This gap between those who desire to plan their pregnancies and those using contraceptives is the highest in the western hemisphere. Unmet need for contraception results in unintended pregnancies that can have dangerous outcomes for mothers and infants. Patient centered techniques incorporate a balanced exchange of information, ideas, and preferences during interactions between patients and their providers and can impact contraceptive utilization among women. Studies have not yet shown to what extent Haitian healthcare providers employ patient-centered practices. Additionally, the needs and priorities of Haitian women in their contraceptive visits have not been uncovered.