Forebyggende helbredsundersøgelser af gravide kvinder i Danmark. Struktur og tilrettelaeggelse

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In Denmark, pregnant women are offered antenatal care in a nationwide programme. This programme is organized around health examinations in general practice, midwives centres and hospital outpatient departments. During the winter 1986/87 a nationwide investigation of antenatal care was carried out in Denmark. A random sample of approximately 1/3 of the general practitioners, all of the midwives who had antenatal consultations and the medical staffs of 26 departments of obstetrics and gynaecology with more than 100 deliveries in 1985 received a questionnaire about the content of a definite antenatal examination and certain conditions of organization. The obstetricians could describe three different types of antenatal examinations depending upon the place and arrangement of work. The percentage replies received were 62 for general practice, 86 for the midwives and 62, 69 and 55 from the doctors in the place of delivery. 50% of the pregnant women had been attached to the same practice for at least five years. 70% of the general practitioners performed approximately one antenatal examination weekly. Only few hospital districts had attempted to have the first examination by the midwife at the 12th week of pregnancy. 25% of the places for examination by midwives were outside hospitals, which, according to the guidelines for antenatal care, do not entirely fulfill the intentions concerning situation in the patient's immediate surroundings. All of the obstetric departments offered routine examinations in the 16th-18th weeks and a number of these also routine examinations in the third trimester.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
Translated title of the contribution[Preventive health examinations of pregnant women in Denmark. Structure and organization]
Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Issue number49
Pages (from-to)3304-8
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 1989

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