Evaluating the effectiveness of a tailored reproductive-life planning self-help workbook: Preliminary findings from a pilot study being implemented in Greensboro, NC
Intervention: The workbook contains reproductive health information tailored for women across the reproductive-life span: want (more) children now; want (more) children, but not now; do not want any (more) children; unable to have (more) children.
Methods: A longitudinal quasi-experimental design is being implemented. Participants were recruited from a community women’s health organization and followed for 6-months. At baseline all women received a RLP workbook and were allocated to treatment 1 (i.e., workbook and monthly reminders) or treatment 2 (i.e., workbook only).
Results: Most participants were African American, low-income, and cohabitating. At baseline, most (80%) reported “wanting children, but not now” as their reproductive-life goal; about half had already developed a RLP. Among those who had not developed a RLP, 83.3% reported they would like to take steps towards accomplishing their goal. While the study is ongoing we hypothesize that at the 6-month follow-up, women will report an increase in developing and actualizing their RLP, increased self-efficacy to seek care, with a moderate increase in communication with health care providers. We anticipate that women in treatment 1 will report higher impacts compared to treatment 2.
Conclusion: We will discuss the utility of using this RLP workbook with low-income women with varying reproductive-life goals develop their own personalized RLP, including communicating more effectively with their health care provider.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Evaluate the effectiveness of a tailored reproductive-life planning workbook in assisting low-income women identify, develop, and actualize their own reproductive goal. Discuss implications for community involvement in interventions to support low-income women with reproductive-life planning.
Keyword(s): Reproductive Health, Evaluation
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principle investigator for this study and have collected, managed, and analyzed all data. I have previous experience evaluating the effectiveness of federally funded reproductive health interventions across the U.S.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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