Systematic screening is a strategy to integrate reproductive health services at the provider level. Integration is the proactive provision of multiple reproductive health services in the same facility at the same time. Systematic screening is a simple intervention to increase the number of services received at a single client visit. In this strategy, providers use a checklist or questionnaire to identify each client’s needs and desires for reproductive health services. They then provide these services during the same visit, through an appointment at the same clinic, or through referral to another facility. The Population Council’s Frontiers in Reproductive Health Program (FRONTIERS) conducted an interregional test of systematic screening in four countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This brief discusses the results of these four FRONTIERS OR studies on systematic screening in Bolivia, Honduras, India, and Senegal. The objectives were: to determine the effectiveness of screening in different regions and service delivery points, where the measure of success was the number of health services per client visit; identify major barriers to screening; and test the effectiveness of different screening materials and techniques.
Foreit, James R. 2006. "Systematic screening: A strategy for determining and meeting clients' reproductive health needs," FRONTIERS Program Brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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