Quality of Health Care

Woman-Defined Quality Care

Over the past decade, Canada's health care system has come under increasing scrutiny. Public debates over the future of our universal public system have been met with a push towards fiscal accountability and benchmarking health system performance. Given the importance of evidence in the current policy environment, it is concerning that studies on public perceptions of the health care system have not carefully examined women's viewpoints.

In response, Women and Health Care Reform conducted a national study on women's perspectives on quality health care. Recognizing the importance of both gender and differences among women in terms of their social location and the contexts of their everyday lives, we asked: What does quality health care mean to women? What is their experience of quality care? And, has this changed in the context of health care reform?

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