Healthcare providers and caregivers’ perspectives on the quality of child health services in urban indonesia: A mixed-methods study

Agus Setiawan, Poppy Fitriyani, Rizkiyani Istifada, Shefaly Shorey

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Abstract

Although Indonesia’s child mortality rate has decreased in tandem with the global trend, healthcare services can be further improved for children. This study aims to explore the perceptions of healthcare providers and caregivers of children aged below five years to improve child health in urban Indonesia. A mixed-methods study design was adopted. Quantitative data were collected via questionnaires from the caregivers. Qualitative data were collected via semi-structured interviews from the healthcare providers. Analysis of 540 caregiver questionnaires regarding the care provided to their child revealed that the majority of them were very satisfied (46.1%) and satisfied (52.2%) with the care received. Analysis of 12 interviews with healthcare providers derived three major themes: (1) importance of one’s role as a healthcare provider; (2) factors affecting the delivery of healthcare; and (3) the way forward in caring for young children. Although caregivers were very satisfied with the care received for their children, the perception of healthcare providers regarding their responsibility in delivering care to children under five years old provides insights into improving the quality of services for children in Indonesia. Our findings suggest that mortality and morbidity of children aged below five years can be best reduced by optimizing primary and sec-ondary preventive measures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8047
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • Children under 5 years old
  • Healthcare providers
  • Mixed method
  • Service
  • Urban

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