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ABSTRACT

In order to collect baseline data for a 2-year Women's Health Program in Hungary, a survey was conducted of 369 women residing in one community setting. The purpose of this descriptive exploratory study was to gather preliminary data that would help identify perceptions of inhibitors to utilization of women's health services. An additional purpose was to identify perceived health needs in the study setting and to make recommendations for changes in the existing services. The survey results indicated that women were satisfied overall with their health care. Equivocal responses suggested, however, that patient-provider interactions and lack of understanding regarding preventive health care may contribute to the underuse of services. The authors suggest that public feedback that includes women's opinions and perceived needs is essential in health program planning and evaluation. In order to accomplish this, standardized Hungary-specific research instruments must be developed.