Integrating interconception care in preventive child health care services: The Healthy Pregnancy 4 All program

Autoři: Meertien K. Sijpkens aff001;  Jacqueline Lagendijk aff001;  Minke R. C. van Minde aff001;  Marlou L. A. de Kroon aff001;  Loes C. M. Bertens aff001;  Ageeth N. Rosman aff001;  Eric A. P. Steegers aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Division of Obstetrics and Prenatal Medicine, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands aff001;  Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands aff002;  Department of Health Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands aff003;  Department of Health Care Studies, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam, The Netherlands aff004
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(11)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0224427



Most parents with young children pay routine visits to Well-Baby Clinics, or so-called Preventive Child Health Care (PCHC) services. This offers a unique opportunity to promote and deliver interconception care. This study aimed to integrate such care and perform an implementation evaluation.


In seven Dutch municipalities, PCHC professionals were instructed to discuss the possibility of an interconception care consultation during each routine six-months well-baby visit. The primary outcome of this study was coverage of the intervention, quantified as the proportion of visits during which women were informed about interconception care. Secondary outcomes included adoption, fidelity, feasibility, appropriateness, acceptability and effectiveness of the intervention, studied by surveying PCHC professionals and women considering becoming pregnant.


The possibility of interconception care was discussed during 29% (n = 1,849) of all visits, and 60% of the PCHC physicians adopted the promotion of interconception care by regularly informing women. About half of the PCHC professionals and most women judged integration of interconception care in PCHC appropriate and acceptable. Estimated feasibility was poor, since 13% of the professionals judged future integration in daily practice as probable. The uptake of interconception care consultations was low (n = 4 consultations).


Promotion of interconception care was achieved in approximately one-third of the routine PCHC consultations and appeared promising with regards to adoption, appropriateness and acceptability. However, concerns on feasibility and uptake of interconception care consultations in daily practice remain. Suggestions for improvement may include further integration of interconception care health promotion in routine PCHC consultations, while allocating sufficient resources.

Klíčová slova:

Child health – Medical risk factors – Midwives – Nurses – Physicians – Pregnancy – Questionnaires – Folic acid


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