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Preconception counselling for women with epilepsy

  1. Janine B Winterbottom1,*,
  2. Jennifer Pulman2,
  3. Janette Greenhalgh3,
  4. Rebecca MD Smyth4,
  5. Anthony G Marson2

Editorial Group: Cochrane Epilepsy Group

Published Online: 18 MAR 2014

Assessed as up-to-date: 27 FEB 2014

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011007


How to Cite

Winterbottom JB, Pulman J, Greenhalgh J, Smyth RMD, Marson AG. Preconception counselling for women with epilepsy (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD011007. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011007.

Author Information

  1. 1

    The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool, UK

  2. 2

    Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool, Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

  3. 3

    University of Liverpool, Liverpool Reviews and Implementation Group, Liverpool, UK

  4. 4

    The University of Manchester, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Manchester, UK

*Janine B Winterbottom, The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Lower Lane, Liverpool, L9 7LJ, UK. janine.winterbottom@thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk. J.B.Winterbottom@liv.ac.uk.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 18 MAR 2014

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Abstract

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  2. Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

The objectives of this systematic review are three-fold:

  • first, to assess the effects of preconception counselling interventions for women with epilepsy, measured by pregnancy outcomes for both mother and child;
  • second, to assess the effects of preconception counselling on knowledge of preconception issues, measured by female and partner knowledge of key issues (e.g. use of folic acid, risk estimates), intentions to plan a pregnancy, and adherence to preconception interventions and antiepileptic drugs;
  • third, to explore experiential aspects of receiving preconception interventions as experienced by women with epilepsy and their partners, using qualitative methods, to increase understanding of factors influencing the experience of pregnancy planning (e.g. risk perceptions and reproductive decision-making).