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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181a4c1b5
Obstetric Practice in the Third World

Ethical and Social Issues Facing Obstetricians in Low-income Countries

OGWUEGBU, CHIGBU CHIBUIKE MBBS; EZE, ONAH HYACINTH MBBS, MPharm, FWACS, FMCOG

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Abstract

A review of publications on ethical and social issues from low-income countries was done with the aim of highlighting the major ethical and social issues facing obstetricians in these countries. Low-income countries were identified using the World Health Organization income group classification of member nations. Obstetricians in low-income countries face a wide range of special social and ethical issues that reflect the peculiarities of their practice environment characterized by poverty, low education, deep attachment to tradition and culture, low social status of women, and high levels of physician's paternalism.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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