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J Clin Outcomes Manage 
2010 Apr;17(4):167-172
Preconception care: clinical and policy implications of the preconception agenda
Curtis MG

Abstract Objective: To review the clinical content and delivery of preconception care, barriers to delivery of preconception care, and methods for overcoming barriers. Methods: Review of the literature. Results: Preconception care is a critical component of health care for women of reproductive age. The main goal of preconception care is to provide health promotion, screening, and interventions for women of reproductive age to reduce risk factors that might affect future pregnancies. Improving preconception health will require a multistrategic, action-oriented initiative. Changes in public policy and health care financing, particularly health coverage and benefits, are essential for improving preconception health and health care. Conclusion: Effective provision of preconception care requires collaboration and cooperation between practitioners, policy makers, and the public health service. For preconception care to be fully realized, changes must be made in clinical practice, public health supports, and health coverage.

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