Stratified Access on The Border: Examining Experiences of Reproductive Care

Maralyn Doering, University of Texas at El Paso


Patient care experiences shape and affect the way that patients perceive and contextualize health care (Koenig 2011). Prior care experiences can change how patients choose to receive care in the future. In Texas, reproductive health care research has primarily focused on troubling trends in reproductive health care outcomes. This can be noted by the high cervical cancer rate (CDC 2019), the high unintended pregnancy rate (Kost 2015), and the limited access to reproductive care, particularly preventative care (Hopkins et al. 2015). The focus of this research has been on structural barriers, such as funding cuts (White et al. 2012), barriers to medical insurance (Melo 2018), and clinic closures (Gerdts et al. 2016). While there has been work conducted on patient experiences of care, my work bridges this previous research with work on stratified access to reproductive care by demonstrating how aspects of care experiences, such as doctor-patient interactions, interpretations of negative care experiences, and negative results of care, are another dimension that can lead to limited reproductive care in an area where structural barriers have received more attention.

Subject Area

Sociology|Womens studies|Hispanic American studies|Health care management|Obstetrics

Recommended Citation

Doering, Maralyn, "Stratified Access on The Border: Examining Experiences of Reproductive Care" (2019). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI27671316.