Repository hosted by TU Delft Library

Home · Contact · About · Disclaimer ·

Women's motives for not participating in preconception counseling: Qualitative study

Publication files not online:

Author: Hosli, E.J. · Elsinga, J. · Buitendijk, S.E. · Assendelft, W.J.J. · Pal-de Bruin, K.M. van der
Institution: TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Source:Community Genetics, 3, 11, 166-170
Identifier: 240691
doi: doi:10.1159/000113879
Keywords: Health · Jeugd en Gezondheid · General practice · Interview study · Nonresponse · Preconception counseling · Pregnancy · Genetic counseling · Genetic risk · Human · Interview · Knowledge · Maternal care · Pregnancy outcome · Preventive medicine · Qualitative research · Adolescent · Adult · Directive Counseling · Educational Status · Female · Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice · Humans · Maternal Age · Motivation · Netherlands · Patient Acceptance of Health Care · Preconception Care · Women


Aims: Information about risk factors and preventive measures given before conception is estimated to prevent 15-35% of adverse pregnancy outcomes. We aimed to identify women's motives for not responding to an invitation for preconception counseling (PCC) from their general practitioner. Methods: A purposive sample of 11 women who did not respond to an invitation for PCC and who became pregnant within 1 year was interviewed. Results: Three key themes influencing nonresponse emerged from the data: perceived knowledge, perceived lack of risk and a misunderstanding of the aim of PCC. Conclusion: For successful future implementation of PCC, a more tailored approach may be necessary for certain (groups of) women, addressing the reasons why women do not consider themselves part of the target group for PCC. Copyright © 2008 S. Karger AG.