The following account presents an abstract of part 1 of an extensive study under way in the Research Department of the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Los Angeles for the purpose of determining: (a) the magnitude and nature of the need for obstetric, pediatric,1 and hospital care for wives of servicemen;2 (b) the manner in which these needs are currently being met through local medical resources; and (c) the expressed reactions of the servicemen's wives in regard to present provisions for such care.
This article briefly discusses (1) the concept of need as it operates as a frame of reference for study findings; (2) the method employed in part 1 of the completed study and of the method used in part 2 now under way; (3) some characteristics of the geographic setting of the study population; (4) composite case abstracts representing typical cases; and (5) a review of some
Carter GW, Reznick E, Roman G. MATERNITY AND INFANT CARE PROVISIONS FOR SERVICEMEN'S WIVES. JAMA. 1952;149(6):598–601. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.72930230012029a
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