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Title: The feasibility of European reproductive health indicators
Authors: Gissler, Mika
Hannikainen-Ingman, Katri
Donati, Serena
Jahn, Albrecht
Silva, Miguel Oliveira da
Hemminki, Elina
Keywords: Health interview survey
Health monitoring
Health statistics
Reproductive health indicators
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health
Citation: The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care December 2008;13(4):376–386
Abstract: Objective The elaboration of a European health monitoring system is an ongoing process. Our aim was to study the availability, feasibility and comparability of the reproductive health indicators and to illustrate whether cross-country comparisons are feasible for pinpointing areas of concern and future research. Methods We surveyed 18 reproductive health indicators from eight countries: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Spain. The data were obtained from national sources and international health databases. Results: Indicators based on routine health and population statistics and registers were available, reliable, and comparable. The only exceptions were the proportion of children born after assisted reproductive technology and age-specific teenage birth rates, which were less commonly available. There were more problems in obtaining comparable information for indicators which are to be taken from health surveys. In many cases the data did not exist at all or were old. The comparability was also affected by the significant variation in data collection methods, inclusion criteria and survey-question wording. Consequently, the comparability could not be ascertained with our data. Conclusions Health surveys seldom include questions on reproductive and sexual health. The European Health Interview should include core questions on reproductive and sexual health.
Description: ©2008 European Society of Contraception
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1080/13625180802344257
ISSN: 1362-5187
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