Online Program

Evaluating the effectiveness of a tailored reproductive-life planning self-help workbook: Preliminary findings from a pilot study being implemented in Greensboro, NC

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Brittany Chambers, MPH, CHES, Public Health Education, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Paige Hall Smith, PhD, Center for Women's Health and Wellness, School of Health and Human Sciences, UNC Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Background: We developed and assessed a tailored reproductive-life planning (RLP) workbook in response to the CDC recommendations for evidence-based preconception health tools. This study reports preliminary findings from the revised RLP workbook pilot study.

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

Learning Objectives:
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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.