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MAEDA, Sayuri Tanaka et al. Access to pre-natal care and cervical cancer prevention action among women from Brazilian Landless Workers Movement. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2007, vol.16, n.3, pp.433-438. ISSN 0104-0707.

This is a qualitative research that aimed to investigate Brazilian Landless Workers Movement women's access to pre-natal care and cervical cancer prevention. Interviews were done in 2005 with five women in the city of Cajamar, Brazil. The thematic analysis of content made it possible to evidence that access barriers such as territorial delimitation and geographical distance let women use false addresses as mechanisms to receive care. Pap smear tests were performed only during pregnancy. Health care provided for these women was fragmented and they received care solely because of their reproductive condition. Access to health services must be understood as continuous and complete assistance in all phases of a woman's life and they consist of a challenge to reach rural women. Improving access to information and education for these women corresponds to the possibility of exercising the universal right of access to health care based on the principle of equity.

Keywords : Rural population; Women's health; Delivery of health care; Health services accessibility.

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