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Open Access Research Article

Dimensions of the Inter-sectoral collaboration in Maternal Health Promotion Activities: Experts Viewpoint

Masoomeh Shakeri1, Soad Mahfoozpour2*, Khalil Alimohammadzadeh3, Behnaz Molae4 and Negin Choopani Zanjani5

1Department of South Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2Department of Medical & Health Services Management, Safety Promotion & Injury Prevention Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran

3Department of Health Services Management, North Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

4Associate Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Iran

5School of Medical, Student’s Research Committee, Tabriz University of Medical Science, Iran

Corresponding Author

Received Date:December 11, 2020;  Published Date:January 07, 2021


Background: A significant portion of maternal mortality has social causes. Inter-Sectoral Collaboration (ISC) is among important strategies for decrease the Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR). The present study aimed to explain participants’ viewpoint on the dimensions of the Inter-Sectoral Collaboration in Maternal Health Promotion Activities (MHPA) in Developing Countries.

Methods: In this qualitative phenomenological study, data were collected using semi-structured interviews with experts from 2019 to 2020. The participants were selected using the purposive sampling method; interviews were continued until reaching data saturation. Data were analyzed using the content analysis method with the MAXQDA software.

Results: From the participants’ view, ISC in the maternal health services has the 3 main themes and 9 sub-themes. The main themes were “Transparency”, “Participation” and “Coordination”.

Conclusion: The collaboration of activities within and outside of the health domain is a fundamental approach to promoting maternal health, so formulating effective community policies based on the dimensions of collaboration should be considered.

Keywords: Inter-sectoral collaboration; Mothers Health; Content Analysis

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