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Open Access Research article

Case Study: Does training of private networks of Family Planning clinicians in urban Pakistan affect service utilization?

Asma M Qureshi

Author Affiliations

University Research Company LLC 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 600 Bethesda, MD 20814 USA

BMC International Health and Human Rights 2010, 10:26  doi:10.1186/1472-698X-10-26

Published: 9 November 2010

Abstract

Background

To determine whether training of providers participating in franchise clinic networks is associated with increased Family Planning service use among low-income urban families in Pakistan.

Methods

The study uses 2001 survey data consisting of interviews with 1113 clinical and non-clinical providers working in public and private hospitals/clinics. Data analysis excludes non-clinical providers reducing sample size to 822. Variables for the analysis are divided into client volume, and training in family planning. Regression models are used to compute the association between training and service use in franchise versus private non-franchise clinics.

Results

In franchise clinic networks, staff are 6.5 times more likely to receive family planning training (P = 0.00) relative to private non-franchises. Service use was significantly associated with training (P = 0.00), franchise affiliation (P = 0.01), providers' years of family planning experience (P = 0.02) and the number of trained staff working at government owned clinics (P = 0.00). In this setting, nurses are significantly less likely to receive training compared to doctors (P = 0.00).

Conclusions

These findings suggest that franchises recruit and train various cadres of health workers and training maybe associated with increased service use through improvement in quality of services.