Project funded in 2003 - Strand 1: Health Information

REPROSTAT 2 - Assessing the usefulness of a comprehensive set of reproductive health indicators designed for the enlarged European Union, with particular emphasis on the reproductive health of adolescents and young adult (Phase 2)
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Description
Action
Improving information and knowledge for the development of public health

Area of activity

Reproductive Health status among Member States in the enlarged EU, particularly among adolescents and young adults – relevance and impact of the 2004 enlargement. Teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI)s prevention. Summary
1.Produce a revised set of reproductive health indicators for the enlarged EU.
2.Construct a compendium of reproductive health data currently available within the EU.
3.Develop standard operation procedures for the appropriate use of the reproductive health indicators throughout the EU.
4.Undertake a systematic review of factors associated with, and strategies found to reduce teenage pregnancy and STIs, in adolescents and young adults.
5.Develop and pilot a youth reproductive health survey for use by selected Member States.
6.Produce a report of the project, including descriptions of how different groups within each Member States have used and may use the available indicators.
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Financing
Leader organisation
AIDFM (Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento da Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa)
Avenida Prof. Egas Moniz, Piso 01
1649-028 Lisboa
PORTUGAL
Tel: +351.21.795.74.09
Fax: + 351.21.797.20.37
Web site: http://www.fm.ul.pt/reprostat
E-mail: luisacaetano@fm.ul.pt
Contact Person
Miguel OLIVEIRA DA SILVA
Tel: +351.96.403.29.48
Fax: +351.21.797.20.37
E-mail: mos@netcabo.pt
Associated beneficiaries
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Starting date and duration of project
- 01/07/2004
- 36 months
Total cost
397,616.00 €
Subsidy from the Commission
238,569.00 €
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Outcomes
1.Dissemination of the revised indicators within governmental, specialist and discipline-specific groupings within each country;
2.Better, recent information about the reproductive health status in Member States within the EU; international comparisons will identify variations between Member States, facilitating discussions on why differences exist and contributing to national and regional policies which aim to improve reproductive health and its associated care through the EU;
3.A workshop on how to use population-based data to inform clinical decisions, so that clinicians, managers and policy makers can make optimal use of the new information provided by other parts of this project.
4.Development of youth reproductive health survey for continued monitoring within EU.
5.Detailed evidence-based information about teenage sexual and reproductive behaviours, disseminated in academic papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals ; briefing papers to policy makers; EU Report Series ; the REPROSTAT web site ; presentations at conferences and symposia (EUPHA and others), specific international and national symposia about sexual and reproductive health ; lay media contacts
6.Input into lay press reports and national and regional health promotion campaigns on youth sexual behaviour, knowledge, beliefs, and sources of information and practices, specially highlighting strategies to reduce teenage pregnancy and STIs.
- Interim Reportpdf(32 KB), July 2005 image (377 KB) - Final Reportpdf(695 KB), June 2006 image (695 KB)
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Statement of project aim(s) and objectivesOverall aim:
To assess the usefulness of a comprehensive set of sexual and reproductive health indicators designed for the enlarged European Union, with particular emphasis on the reproductive health of adolescents and young adults. Objectives:
Review REPROSTAT reproductive health indicators, taking on board particular circumstancies of applicant countries, to build a consensual set of indicators ;
Use the revised set of reproductive health indicators in each Member State, to construct a compendium of sexual and reproductive health in the EU ;
•.Solutions to problems identified during the use of the revised indicators will be documented, so that standard operating procedures can be developed for future use;
Undertake a systematic review of factors associated with and factors found to reduce teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in adolescents, to inform the development of a youth reproductive health survey ;
•.Develop and pilot a youth reproductive health survey for use within the EU so that all Member States can:
1.monitor the reproductive health of their citizens and
2.obtain information for improved targeting of initiatives to reduce teenage pregnancy and STIs in adolescents (e.g improved youth services, improved access to contraception, sexual abstinence promotion, emergency contraception);
Methods Objective 1:
Review and revise in conjunction with experts from the applicant countries joining the EU in 2004 the reproductive health indicators determined in the previous project, REPROSTAT. Objective 2:
Representatives from each Member State will try and use the revised reproductive health indicators to construct a profile of sexual and reproductive health in each country for a given time period (e.g. 1998-2003). Construction of the compendium will highlight difficulties that are likely to occur when using the reproductive health indicators to make comparisons between groups over time, person or place.Objective 3:
Standard operating procedures will be developed for the agreed use of indicators so that the valid comparisons can be made of the reproductive health of different groups within the EU (e.g. agreement will be obtained and documented on what age groups will be compared when assessing the use of contraception in Member States). Objective 4:
A systematic review of factors associated with and strategies found to reduce teenage pregnancy and STIs in adolescents and young adults will be undertaken by a research assistant based in an academic centre associated with one of the applicants. Objective 5:
The Steering Committee, with input from the full team and other experts, will develop a youth reproductive health survey for piloting in some Member States. Survey development will be informed by the results of the above systematic review. The survey is likely to cover issues such as past and current sexual practices, knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and ease of access to different contraceptives and to services for sexually transmitted infections. Objective 6:
The applicants will use a variety of means (e.g. publication in academic, professional and lay media, use of the Internet, media contacts and professional associations) to promote the use of population-based reproductive health information to inform decisions about the development of policy and provision of services within the EU.
Close collaboration with EUROSTAT (Unit D6: Health and food safety) will be ensured in order to guarantee coherence with EUROSTAT standards and developments on data and indicators as well as health surveys.
Close collaboration with SANCO C2 (Health information) ECHI (European Community Health Indicators) project and Working Party on Health Indicators will be ensured in order to guarantee coherence with SANCO C 2 ECHI concept and strategy on health indicators.
Close collaboration with other complementary projects (such as PERISTAT, EUROCHIP, etc.) funded in the framework of the Public Health Programme will be ensured.
Close collaboration with SANCO C2 Working Party on Morbidity and Mortality and related task force on Health Surveys will be also ensured in order to guarantee coherence with SANCO C2 concept, strategy and developments on Morbidity/Mortality and Health Surveys.