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Type Journal Article - Reproductive health
Title Potential point of care tests (POCTs) for maternal health in Peru, perspectives of pregnant women and their partners
Volume 11
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 5
URL http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1742-4755-11-5.pdf
Background: Globally, no qualitative studies have explored the perspectives of women and their partners about the integration of technology – and specifically diagnostic testing technologies – into antenatal care. The study objective was to describe the demand side for pregnancy-related diagnostic tests from the perspective of Peruvian consumers, including female and male community members, by engaging participants about their awareness of and care-seeking for pregnancy-related diagnostic tests and their preferred characteristics and testing conditions for pregnancy-related point-of-care diagnostic tests (POCTs).
Methods: Sixty-seven mothers and fathers of children under one from the peri-urban coast and the peri-urban and rural highlands and jungle of Peru participated in ten focus groups.
Results: Participants think that pregnancy-related diagnostic tests are important and they and their fellow community members are committed to ensuring that pregnant women receive the tests they need. Participants expressed clear demands for pregnancy-related POCTs, including important characteristics for the tests themselves (certification, rapid, reliable results) and for test implementation (well-trained, personable good communicators as test administrators at well-equipped, convenient testing sites). Participants emphasized the importance of
short waiting times and explained that many people have some ability to pay for POCTs, particularly if they are innovative, rapid or multiplex.
Conclusions: Engaging future POCT users as consumers who are able to make key decisions about the development and implementation of pregnancy-related POCTs is valuable and informative.

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