This study, conducted in large public clinics and small health posts in the city of Vadodara, India, tested the effectiveness of a systematic screening technique in integrating reproductive health services at the provider level. The objective was to determine if women screened during clinic visits received more services, appointments, and referrals per visit than women who were not screened. Results show that in experimental group clinics the number of services per visit increased while control clinics experienced a slight decrease; the effect of systematic screening was smaller in health posts than in clinics. In experimental posts, services per visit increased by nine percent compared to a decrease of 16 percent among controls. The municipality of Vadodara will begin systematic screening in all clinics. Gujarat state, where Vadodara is located, also plans to adopt the intervention.
Das, N.P., Urvi Shah, Varsha Chitania, Pratibha Patel, M.E. Khan, Anurag Mishra, and James R. Foreit. 2005. "Systematic screening to integrate reproductive health services in India," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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