The role of urine pregnancy testing in facilitating access to antenatal care and abortion services in South Africa: a cross-sectional study

 

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dc.contributor.author Morroni, Chelsea en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Moodley, Jennifer en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-12T10:54:46Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-12T10:54:46Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Morroni, C., & Moodley, J. (2006). The role of urine pregnancy testing in facilitating access to antenatal care and abortion services in South Africa: a cross-sectional study. BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 6(1), 26. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14184
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2393-6-26
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND:Effective confirmation of pregnancy is a basic component of reproductive health services. It is a prerequisite for accessing antenatal care (AnC) if the pregnancy is wanted and abortion services if the pregnancy is unwanted. This study examined the role of urine pregnancy testing in the timing of presentation for pregnancy-care.METHOD:A cross-sectional study was conducted among 158 women presenting for antenatal care and 164 women presenting for abortion at public sector clinics in Cape Town, South Africa. RESULTS: The median gestational age at first presentation was 23 weeks for AnC clients and 13 weeks for abortion clients. Obtaining a urine pregnancy test of one's own accord was associated with a decrease in the gestational age at presentation of 3.6 and 1.4 weeks for antenatal and abortion clients, respectively, independently of all other factors. CONCLUSION: Given the proven clinical benefit and public health impact of early presentation for antenatal and abortion services, strategies to decrease gestational age at presentation for pregnancy care should be given priority. 'Fast-track' urine pregnancy testing services should be established in public sector clinics in South Africa. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.publisher BioMed Central Ltd en_ZA
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License en_ZA
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 en_ZA
dc.source BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpregnancychildbirth/ en_ZA
dc.subject.other Reproductive Health en_ZA
dc.title The role of urine pregnancy testing in facilitating access to antenatal care and abortion services in South Africa: a cross-sectional study en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Women's Health Research Unit en_ZA
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