Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 2: Measuring quality of effort (% of reach; satisfaction)
Service Type: Middle level: enabling services
Service Recipient: Activities directed to families/children/youth
Goal: To support reproductive life planning and healthy birth outcomes by increasing intervals of birth spacing (births spaced from 18 month to next conception).
Numerator: Number of Births with interval < 18 months between birth and next conception
Denominator: Total number of Births
Significance: Research shows that effective contraception can help with birth spacing, reduce the risk of low-weight and premature births, and support a woman’s longer term physical and emotional well-being. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) as among the most effective family planning methods with a pregnancy rate of less than 1 pregnancy per 100 women in the first year. LARC’s intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants are highly effective methods of birth control and can last between 3 and 10 years (depending on the method). Incorporating pregnancy intention screenings in routine and proactive settings where reproductive health age women are likely to be screened every 3 months to a year, regardless of the reason for a women’s visit supports the use of One Key Question®(OKQ) and multiple opportunities for these interventions with discussions that can lead to opportunities for preconception care and contraceptive services. References: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services, CMCS Informational Bulletin, April 8, 2016, State Medicaid Payment Approaches to Improve Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception; Augustin Conde Agueldo, MD, MPH; Anyeli Rosas-Bermudez, MPH; Ana Cecilia Kafury-Goeta, MD (2006). Birth Spacing and Risk of Adverse Perinatal Outcomes: A Meta-analysis. JAMA 295 (15): 1809-1823. Trussell J. Contraceptive efficacy. In: Hatcher R, Trussell J, Nelson A, Cates W, Kowal D, Policar M, eds. Contraceptive Technology. 20th ed. New York, NY: Ardent Media; 2011:779-863. Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health One Key Question®.
Data Sources and Data Issues: Data source is vital statistics, Office of Health Status Monitoring.
Calculation of interval is based on birth certificate data with valid clinical estimate of gestational age of index birth and prior live birth.
Pregnancy Interval = ConceptionDate – Last Live Birth (following HRSA CoIIN to reduce infant mortality outcome measure).
Unit Type: Percentage, Unit Number: 100