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The Reproductive Life Plan in Midwifery Counseling

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01739101
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 30, 2012
Last Update Posted : December 13, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jenny Stern, Uppsala University

Brief Summary:
Many women and men are at risk for sexual transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies and have unrealistic family planning intentions and insufficient knowledge of health promoting lifestyle prior to conception. Without sufficient support from the health care system this can lead to negative consequences. The aim of our study was to investigate if the usage of the Reproductive Life Plan in midwifery counselling increases women's knowledge of reproduction and particularly knowledge of folic acid intake prior to pregnancy. Secondary aims were to evaluate the influence on women's family planning and to further explore how women experienced the Reproductive Life Plan-based counselling.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Delayed Childbearing Pregnancy Health Behavior Lifestyle Behavioral: Reproductive Life Plan Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 299 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: The Reproductive Life Plan in Midwifery Counseling
Study Start Date : March 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2012

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Intervention group
The intervention group answered a baseline questionnaire in the waiting room and received the intervention (Reproductive Life Plan) in addition to standard care.
Behavioral: Reproductive Life Plan
A structured discussion based on the Reproductive Life plan, including information about reproduction and a brochure with the same information.

No Intervention: Control group 1
The control group 1 answered a baseline questionnaire in the waiting room and received standard care.
No Intervention: Control group 2
The control group 2 received standard care.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Knowledge of reproduction [ Time Frame: 2 months after the intervention ]

    Knowledge will be measured by knowledge of the following:

    • the fecundity of an ovum
    • how likely it is that a 25-year old women gets pregnant if she has unprotected intercourse at the time of ovulation
    • at what age there is a marked decline in women's ability to become pregnant
    • baby take home rate after IVF-treatment
    • factors that can impair female fertility
    • healthy lifestyle during pregnancy planning

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Family Planning Intentions [ Time Frame: 2 months after the intervention ]

    Family planning intentions will be measured by the following questions:

    • Do you want (more) children in your life?
    • If yes, how many (more) children do you want?
    • If yes, at which age would you like to have your first/next child?
    • If yes, at which age you like to have your last child?

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Experience of the intervention [ Time Frame: 2 months after the intervention ]

    Experience of the intervention is measure by

    • The overall experience of the intervention (very positive - very negative)
    • If the intervention made them think about reproduction in a different way
    • If the intervention made them search for more information about reproduction
    • The likelihood of approaching a midwife if they have more questions about reproduction
    • If they considered that midwifes or other health care professionals routinely should discuss the Reproductive Life Plan with their patients

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Visitor at the Student Health Clinic

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not speaking Swedish
  • Male

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01739101

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The Student Health Centre
Uppsala, Sweden, 753 10
Sponsors and Collaborators
Uppsala University
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Principal Investigator: Jenny Stern Uppsala University
Study Director: Tanja Tydén, PhD Uppsala University
Study Director: Margareta Larsson, PhD Uppsala University
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Jenny Stern, RN, PhD-student, Uppsala University Identifier: NCT01739101    
Other Study ID Numbers: UU-RLP-RCT-2012
First Posted: November 30, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 13, 2012
Last Verified: December 2012