Abstract

Abstract:

Objective. The goal of this project was to increase rates of screening for pregnancy intention in primary care. Methods. Two urban federally qualified health centers with diverse patient populations undertook a quality improvement project to increase rates of routine screening for pregnancy intention among pre-menopausal non-pregnant women ages 12–45 without history of sterilization. Responses were recorded in the electronic medical record (EMR). Results. Screening rates of eligible women increased from 0% to 68.3% and from 49.0% to 80.3% at Sites 1 and 2, respectively. Adolescents were screened at lower rates than adults (p < .0001). There was no significant difference in screening rates between English and non-English speaking patients. Project challenges included cultural relevance to certain patient groups, staff turnover, and time for follow-up counseling. Conclusions. Implementation of routine pregnancy intention screening is important to address unmet reproductive health needs, and can be successfully implemented through an EMR regardless of primary language.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-6869
Print ISSN
1049-2089
Pages
pp. 1477-1486
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-21
Open Access
No
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