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GOMEZ DAVILA, JOAQUÍN GUILLERMO et al. EVALUATION OF PRENATAL CONTROL PROGRAMS OFFERED TO TEENAGERS IN VALLE DE ABURRÁ, COLOMBIA, 2003. Iatreia [online]. 2004, vol.17, n.3, pp. 216-223. ISSN 0121-0793.
Objective: this investigation had the aim of identifying and evaluating the prenatal control programs offered to teenagers in the Aburrá Valley region of Colombia in 2003. Methodology: through various sources a list was compiled which included all the health institutions in the Aburrá Valley region. The institutions which offered exclusive teenage prenatal control were identified by telephone and a questionnaire was applied to them with the purpose of knowing if they met the international standards described in relevant sources as being essential in a teenage prenatal control program. Results: in only one of the 101 health institutions a prenatal control was offered exclusively to teenagers. However, according to the responses given to the questionnaire, the prenatal control offered by this institution did not meet the characteristics of a teenage prenatal control program. CONCLUSIÓN Although in Colombia teenage pregnancy is a public health problem, programs of prenatal control for teenagers are still not being implemented as a part of its prevention. Doubtless, they must be considered as one of the strategies for solving this problem.
Keywords : PREGNANCY IN ADOLESCENCE; PRENATAL CARE; EVALUATION/PROGRAM EVALUATION; RISK FACTORS; COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE.