Reducing pregnancy and induced abortion rates in China: family planning with husband participation.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVES:This study assessed the effectiveness of a family planning intervention with and without husband's participation in reducing pregnancy and abortion rates in Shanghai, China. METHODS:In this 3-arm randomized trial among 1800 nonsterilized married women, educational interventions targeting both spouses and targeting the wife only were compared with usual family planning care. RESULTS:Among women not using intrauterine devices (IUDs), the intervention with husband's participation had an effect in reducing pregnancy rates (adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 0.36, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.12, 1.1) and abortion rates (adjusted OR = 0.29, CI = 0.09, 0.94) compared with control subjects, and a significant effect in reducing pregnancy rates (adjusted OR = 0.29, CI = 0.10, 0.85) and abortion rates (adjusted OR = 0.24, CI = 0.07, 0.77) compared with wife-only subjects. CONCLUSIONS:Family planning interventions involving husbands may reduce pregnancy and abortion rates among non-IUD users.

journal_name

Am J Public Health

authors

Wang CC,Vittinghoff E,Hua LS,Yun WH,Rong ZM

doi

10.2105/ajph.88.4.646

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1998-04-01 00:00:00

pages

646-8

issue

4

eissn

0090-0036

issn

1541-0048

journal_volume

88

pub_type

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