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Type Journal Article - Global Health: Science and Practice
Title Integrating family planning into postpartum care through modern quality improvement: experience from Afghanistan
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Volume 2
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 226-233
URL http://www.ghspjournal.org/content/2/2/226.short
Abstract
To address low contraceptive use in Afghanistan, we supported 2 large public maternity hospitals and 3 private hospitals in Kabul to use modern quality improvement (QI) methods to integrate family planning into postpartum care. In 2012, QI teams comprising hospital staff applied root cause analysis to identify barriers to integrated postpartum family planning (PPFP) services and to develop solutions for how to integrate services. Changes made to service provision to address identified barriers included creating a private counseling space near the postpartum ward, providing PPFP counseling training and job aids to staff, and involving husbands and mothers-in-law in counseling in person or via mobile phones. After 10 months, the proportion of postpartum women who received family planning counseling before discharge in the 5 hospitals increased from 36% to 55%, and the proportion of women who received family planning counseling with their husbands rose from 18% to 90%. In addition, the proportion of postpartum women who agreed to use family planning and left the hospital with their preferred method increased from 12% to 95%. Follow-up telephone surveys with a random sample of women who had received PPFP services in the 2 public hospitals and a control group of postpartum women who had received routine hospital services found significant differences in the proportion of women with self-reported pregnancies: 3% vs. 15%, respectively, 6 months after discharge; 6% vs. 22% at 12 months; and 14% vs. 35% at 18 months (P < .001). Applying QI methods helped providers recognize and overcome barriers to integration of family planning and postpartum services by testing changes they deemed feasible.

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Tawfik, Youssef, Mirwais Rahimzai, Malalah Ahmadzai, Phyllis Annie Clark, and Evelyn Kamgang. "Integrating family planning into postpartum care through modern quality improvement: experience from Afghanistan." Global Health: Science and Practice 2, no. 2 (2014): 226-233.
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