A Role of Croatian Family Doctors in the Provision of Women's Health Care: A Study Based on Routinely Collected Data

Miro Benčić, Renata Pavlov, Mladenka Vrcić Keglević

Abstract


The aim of this study was to investigate how often Croatian FDs are involved in the provision of women’s health, having in mind that women’s health is primarily organised by the gynaecological service. Only the data related to women's health were collected from  the Croatian health statistical yearbooks from 1995 to 2012,  in which ICD X was used. Results showed that total number of diagnoses are increasing. The greatest increase is observed in the category named as other diseases of female organs, then diagnoses related to the pregnancy, delivery and postpartum and malignant diseases, especially, breast cancer. Contrary, number of menopausal disorders continuing decreased. Diagnoses related to family planning (Z30) are relative small in amount and stabile. Results indicated that policy makers should take in account readiness of FDs to be involved in the provision of women’s’ health.


Keywords*


family medicine, women health care, primary health care, gynecological service, Croatia

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