Barriers to Women's Participation: Experiences of Volunteers and Community Healthcare Authorities
Rezakhani Moghaddam, H
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Along with health development in general terms, women's involvement in health programs can be effective in raising their self-confidence and their health promotion. This study was carried out to unveil the barriers to and challenges of the health volunteers and to present the solutions to its promotion using active women participants' experiences and the authorities of the program. The study was carried out using qualitative method along with content analysis in city of Tabriz East-Azerbaijan province, Iran. Data collection was conducted utilizing semistructured individual interviews and focus group discussions with the participation of 29 health volunteers and responsible authorities. The participants were selected using purposive sampling with maximum variation. Data analysis implemented conventional content analysis using MAXODA. Barriers to and challenges of health volunteers were generally categorized into four main themes including volunteers and trainers' inadequate capabilities, inadequate acceptance of the volunteers, restrictive social norms, and organizational problems. It seems that interaction among health system, people, and health volunteers should be improved. Holding training programs about the activities of health volunteers at the society level leads into the better utilization of society sources in health programs. é 2018 Taylor & Francis.