Screening for Pregnancy Status in a Population-Based Sample: Characteristics Associated with Item Nonresponse.


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OBJECTIVES:Population-based recruitment of a cohort of women who are currently pregnant or who may become pregnant in a given timeframe presents challenges unique to identifying pregnancy status or the likelihood of future pregnancy. Little is known about the performance of individual eligibility items on pregnancy screeners although they are critical to participant recruitment. This paper examined the patterns and respondent characteristics of key pregnancy screener items used in a large national study. METHODS:Cross-sectional analyses were conducted. Descriptive statistics and multivariable logistic regression models were used to examine nonresponse patterns to three questions (currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant and able to get pregnant). The questions were asked of 50,529 women in 17 locations across the US, as part of eligibility screening for the National Children's Study Vanguard Study household-based recruitment. RESULTS:Most respondents were willing to provide information about current pregnancy, trying, and able to get pregnant: 99.3% of respondents answered all three questions and 97.4% provided meaningful answers. Nonresponse ranged from 0.3 to 2.5% for individual items. Multivariable logistic regression results identified small but statistically significant differences in nonresponse by respondent age, marital status, race/ethnicity-language, and household-based recruitment group. CONCLUSIONS FOR PRACTICE:The high levels of response to pregnancy-related items are impressive considering that the eligibility questions were fairly sensitive, were administered at households, and were not part of a respondent-initiated encounter.

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Cited Authors

  • Hughes, SC; Hogue, CJ; Clark, MA; Graber, JE; Eaker, ED; Herring, AH; National Children’s Study,

Published Date

  • March 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 316 - 324

PubMed ID

  • 30600508

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30600508

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6628

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1092-7875

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10995-018-2665-0


  • eng