Title
Preconceptional care : a systematic review of the current ­situation and recommendations for the future
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
:Flemish Society of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Health ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Facts, views & vision in obgyn : issues in obstetrics, gynaecology and reproductive health. - Place of publication unknown
Volume/pages
5(2013) :1 , p. 13-25
ISSN
2032-0418
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Objective: To review the current knowledge and implementation of preconceptional care (PCC) in the Western world, focusing both on health care workers and the general population, and to analyze pathways to disseminate the influence of preconceptional care on pregnancy outcome. Methods: A systematic literature study was performed using OvidSP and Pubmed, searching for articles about PCC and its implementation, published between 1966 and October 2012. Only randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews dealing with PCC in the Western world were retained. Results: Forty-six articles were identified for review. PCC might result in better pregnancy outcomes, including e.g. a reduction of congenital abnormalities. There are no proven disadvantages of PCC. Health care workers are in favor of the implementation of PCC, but claim that they dont have enough knowledge to do so. The general population shows interest in receiving PCC. The implementation of PCC should be improved by e.g. the development of guidelines and checklists. Conclusions: As PCC might improve pregnancy outcomes and is considered important by health care workers and the general population, its implementation should be improved, e.g. by the development of guidelines and checklists.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/904cb2/287343e0.pdf
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