An investigation of social inequalities in help-seeking and use of health services for fertility problems in a population-based sample of UK women.


Morris, M; Oakley, L; Maconochie, N; Doyle, P; (2011) An investigation of social inequalities in help-seeking and use of health services for fertility problems in a population-based sample of UK women. Human fertility (Cambridge, England), 14 (1). pp. 16-22. ISSN 1464-7273 DOI: https://doi.org/10.3109/14647273.2010.536609

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Abstract

Although infertility is an important public health problem, treatment can be expensive and resources are increasingly scarce. This study investigates possible inequalities in the use of medical services for fertility problems. We analysed data from a population-based survey for associations between socio-economic characteristics and help-seeking or use of services, to establish whether inequalities existed. More women of higher social status and education reported fertility problems, but there was no clear trend in help-seeking, investigations or treatments for infertility by social status and education level. New work is planned to investigate these issues more fully, particularly the role of family income.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 21121703
Web of Science ID: 291426500003
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1968

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