A systematic review of women's and health professional's attitudes and experience of preconception care service delivery

Steel, Amie, Lucke, Jayne, Reid, Rebecca and Adams, Jon (2016) A systematic review of women's and health professional's attitudes and experience of preconception care service delivery. Family Practice, 33 6: 588-595. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmw094


Author Steel, Amie
Lucke, Jayne
Reid, Rebecca
Adams, Jon
Title A systematic review of women's and health professional's attitudes and experience of preconception care service delivery
Journal name Family Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0263-2136
1460-2229
Publication date 2016-12-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1093/fampra/cmw094
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 33
Issue 6
Start page 588
End page 595
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background.
The value and importance of preconception care (PCC) have been acknowledged by leading health organizations as a vital element within preventive medicine and health promotion for the wider population. The translation of PCC from position statement to relevant service and programme delivery is essential for the benefits of PCC to be realized and relies on insights from health services research. This article aims to review contemporary health services research literature examining women’s and health professionals’ perceptions and experiences of PCC services.
Methods.
A systematic review of original research published between 2003 and 2015 was conducted in November 2015. Multiple databases (PubMed, CINAHL, AMED and Maternity and Infant Care) were searched through two distinct searches to capture research literature reporting the perspective of health professionals and women towards PCC service delivery.
Results.
The search identified 13 papers (4 reported the perceptions of women, 11 described the views of health professionals [2 papers reported findings from both groups]). The analyses of the contemporary literature revealed five broad areas of focus: women’s service needs regarding PCC, PCC training and education requirements, role delineation around PCC, priority and value of PCC and barriers and obstacles to PCC.
Conclusions.
Despite the mounting evidence supporting the value and importance of PCC, there is insufficient research attention given to the clinical reality of PCC service and programme delivery. The transfer of PCC guidelines from broad policy to grass roots practice requires a more detailed consideration of the practicalities of implementing PCC within contemporary women’s health care.
Keyword Attitudes
Fertility
Health services
Patient satisfaction
Preconception care
Decision-making
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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