The past decade has been characterized by increasing concern about the medical, social, and economic problems associated with reproductive tract infections (RTIs). The goal of preventing and curing RTIs is now being prioritized by public health agencies in the developing world. Very little research has been conducted on the problem of RTIs in the local context, and it would be helpful for program managers if the knowledge and beliefs now being held about RTIs were more clearly delineated. Knowing more about the way in which these illnesses are viewed by the community, about traditional practices for preventing and curing RTIs, and about the results of ongoing public health initiatives designed to deal with these conditions is also needed. The present study, as this report states, utilizes a qualitative research technique known as focus group discussions as a means of stimulating people to speak up on this subject. While the study won’t provide precise statistical profiles of study respondents, it should allow a first-hand glimpse of the ways in which RTIs are perceived and responded to by a group of "typical" Filipinos.
Palabrica-Costello, Marilou, Carmeli Marie Chaves, Chona R. Echavez, Cecilia Conaco, and Mariano Santiago. 1997. "Beliefs and practices about reproductive tract infections: Findings from a series of Philippine FGDs," Asia and Near East OR/TA RTI Integration Project Report. Manila: Population Council.
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