Male involvement in reproductive health: a management perspective
Article first published online: 7 MAY 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Patient safety management in the health services Issue editor: Elisabeth Severinsson
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 327–338, March 2013
How to Cite
JOOSTE, K. and AMUKUGO, H. J. (2013), Male involvement in reproductive health: a management perspective. Journal of Nursing Management, 21: 327–338. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.01332.x
- Issue published online: 11 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 7 MAY 2012
- Accepted for publication: 29 September 2011
- male involvement;
- nurse manager;
- reproductive health
Aims The present study outlines the perceptions of participants on male involvement in reproductive health (RH) from a management perspective.
Background Namibia is one of the African countries affected by cultural and socio-economic influences that have persuaded gender roles in a way that hinders male-partner involvement in RH.
Method A qualitative, exploratory, descriptive design was followed. The target population included all male and female partners attending a health facility and all nurse managers (registered nurses in charge) that provided RH services in the health facility in a northern region in Namibia. Individual interviews were conducted until data saturation occurred.
Results The results indicate that the management principles, policy and legislation, as well as resources to facilitate male involvement in RH, were indicated as barriers for nurse managers to facilitate male involvement.
Conclusion Male involvement in RH care is needed for an interpersonal and interactive partnership.
Implications for Nurse Managers Recommendations are made to establish a partnership within the current health care framework in which reproductive health is provided.