Assessing maternal healthcare inequities among migrants: A qualitative study

Translated title of the contribution: Avaliando desigualdades de saúde materna em migrantes: : Um estudo qualitativo

Lígia Moreira Almeida, José Peixoto Caldas, Diogo Ayres-de-Campos, Sónia Dias

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Considering pregnancy and motherhood as periods of increased vulnerability in migrant women, to characterize the healthcare provided to this collective, we sought to identify and understand patterns of satisfaction and demand of maternal and child healthcare, assessing women's perceptions about its quality. The study followed a qualitative methodology (semi-structured interviews) for collecting and analysing data (content analysis) and was conducted in Porto, the second largest city of Portugal. Participants were 25 recent immigrant mothers from Eastern European countries, Brazil, Portuguese-speaking African countries and six native Portuguese recent mothers (for comparison), contacted through social associations and institutions. Data suggests that healthcare depends not only on accessibility but especially on social opportunities. Equitable public health action must provide individuals and groups the equal opportunity to meet their needs, which may not be achieved by providing the same standard if care to all.

Translated title of the contributionAvaliando desigualdades de saúde materna em migrantes: : Um estudo qualitativo
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)333-340
Number of pages8
JournalCadernos de Saude Publica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Equity in health
  • Health inequalities
  • Maternal welfare
  • Migration
  • Social vulnerability

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