Preconception Health Assessment in China, Lebanon and the Philippines: Applicability to Other Countries
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To test the utility of a preconception checklist tool in identifying preconception health needs of women in three countries; China, Lebanon and the Philippines. An academic medical center within each country participated in the development and testing of a preconception checklist tool, which was administered over a 6 month period to selected target groups in each country. The checklist provided valuable data on the preconception health of 6,530 women. Aggregated data identified common preconception health needs across all countries, including provision of modern contraceptives and adequate immunization coverage; HIV and STI screening; treatment for anemia; and counseling for maintenance of a healthy weight. A preconception checklist tool was found to be useful in distinct cultural settings. The study was a pilot. Future steps include validation and standardization of the checklist, data from which could be used to help shape preconception care policies and implementation strategies.
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- Preconception Health Assessment in China, Lebanon and the Philippines: Applicability to Other Countries
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- 8. Global Maternal and Preconception Health, Healdsburg, CA, USA
- 2. Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
- 3. Center of Medical Genetics, Peking University, Beijing, China
- 4. Department of Genetics, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines
- 5. National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network, Beirut, Lebanon
- 6. Department of Emergency Medicine, Labib Medical Center-Newborn Services, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
- 7. Jiangsu Provincial Maternal and Children’s Hospital, Nanjing, China
- 1. Global Programs, March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, NY, USA