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Table 1 PCC framework for defining the eligibility of the studies for the primary research question

From: Maternal perceptions of the quality of Care in the Free Maternal Care Policy in sub-Sahara Africa: a systematic scoping review


Pregnant women and post-natal mothers.


Free maternal healthcare services: refers to any health financing policy that allows women the entitlement to receive maternal services during pregnancy, delivery, and post-natal period from health facilities at no cost to the mother or her family [4, 5].


Quality of care: an assessment through which the client makes a comparison to the prior expectations to her perception about the quality of service rendered to him or her [19]. For example; availability and supply of essential drugs for free, good provider-client relationship, short waiting times and patients’ satisfaction.