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National Survey of Women about their Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding their Reproductive Health – Report

Survey of Women About Their Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Their Reproductive Health

Glamour/Kaiser Family Foundation/Princeton Survey Research Associates

Questionnaire and Toplines

January 1997

Number of Interviews: 1,001 Women age 18-44 Margin of Error: Plus or minus 4 percentage points Interviewing Dates: July 10 – 28, 1996
Introduction:

Hello, my name is _______ calling for Princeton Survey Research of Princeton, NewJersey. We are conducting a confidential national opinion survey about some important health issues. So Ican figure out who I should interview in this household, I first need to know how many women live inthis household who are at least 18 years old, but no older than 44?

If more than one woman between 18 and 44: May I please speak with the (Random Selection: oldest/youngest) woman age 18 to 44?

If one woman between 18 and 44: May I please speak with this woman age 18 to 44?

1. My first question is . . . In general, how would you describe your own health? Is it excellent, good, only fair, or poor?

36 Excellent 53 Good 9 Only fair 2 Poor 0 Don’t know 0 Refused 100
2. Do you have a doctor or other health professional who you see for general health care that is, when you are sick, need a check-up, or want advice about your health?

85 Yes 15 No * Don’t know 0 Refused 100
3. Do you have a doctor or other health professional who you see for gynecological care, that is for check-ups or treatment for female problems or reproductive care? If Yes and Yes to Q2: Is this the same person as the doctor or health professional who you see for general health care, or is it a different person?

85 Yes, has gynecological care provider 31 Yes, same as health professional from Q2 54 Yes, different health professional 15 No * Don’t know 0 Refused 100
There is no Question 4

Based on those with a gynecological care provider; n = 856

5. Is the health professional who provides your gynecological care an obstetrician or gynecologist, or not?

82 Yes, is obstetrician or gynecologist 15 No 3 Don’t know * Refused 100
Based on those with a gynecological care provider; n = 856

6. Is the health professional who provides your gynecological care a man or a woman?

64 Man 35 Woman 1 Don’t know * Refused 100
Based on those with a gynecological care provider; n = 856

7. When you chose this particular health professional, how important was it to you that (he was a man/ she was woman)? Was it very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

21 Very important 14 Somewhat important 15 Not too important 48 Not important at all 1 Don’t know * Refused 1 Don’t know/Refused to tell sex of gynecological care provider 100
Based on those with no gynecological care provider; n = 145

8. Have you ever had a gynecological exam, that is a pelvic exam? If necessary add: A pelvic exam is a medical examination of your female sexual organs.

79 Yes 21 No 0 Don’t know 0 Refused 100
Summary: Gynecological Care

Based on questions 3, 5, and 8.

85 Has gynecological care provider 69 Has obstetrician/gynecologist for gynecological care 13 Has other kind of health professional for gynecological care 3 Don’t know * Refused 12 Has had gynecological exam/No provider 3 Never had gynecological exam 0 Don’t know 0 Refused 100
9. How often do you usually have gynecological exams? Would you say more often than once a year, about once a year, less often than once a year, or is there no particular schedule you have for these exams?

16 More often than once a year 59 About once a year 7 Less often than once a year 15 No particular schedule for these exams * Don’t know * Refused 3 Never had gynecological exam/Don’t know/Refused 100
Based on those who never get gynecological exams, or get them less than once a year; n = 243

10. What is the main reason you do not get gynecological exams (more often than this/on a regular basis)?

31 Just haven’t gotten around to it; no time; forgot 29 Not having any problems 9 Costs too much 7 Too embarrassed; uncomfortable about it 5 Don’t have insurance 4 Don’t have a regular doctor 2 Have had hysterectomy 2 Not sexually active; too young; don’t need them 2 Health professional advises exams less frequently 1 Don’t like going to the doctor/gynecologist 2 Other 6 Don’t know 0 Refused 100
Based on those who receive gynecological care; n = 976

11. These next few questions are about your most recent gynecological visit. At that visit . . .

Yes No DK Ref. a. Did you feel you got all the information you needed? 94 6 * 0 =100 b. Did you feel you had enough time with your doctor or health professional? 94 6 * 0 =100 c. Were you treated with respect? 98 2 * 0 =100 d. Did you feel you could ask a question about anything that was on your mind? 95 5 * 0 =100 e. Did you talk about birth control? 48 51 1 0 =100
12. Have you ever discussed birth control with a doctor or other health professional?

89 Yes, have discussed birth control 11 No, have never discussed birth control 0 Don’t know 0 Refused 100

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