The purpose of this paper is to study the characteristics of the participants and the success of the recruitment methods and increase in knowledge of participants in reproductive health peer education. Dutch perinatal mortality rates are relatively high compared to other European countries. Non-Western ethnic minorities show particularly adverse outcomes. They seem to have low health literacy and less access to health care.
These groups were specifically targeted, and reproductive health education covering the full spectrum of obstetric care was developed, led by specifically trained female peer educators coming from the targeted communities.
“Active” recruitment methods were the most successful methods; 1,896 women and 275 men were recruited and participated in the intervention. Sixty-five per cent of the total female participants had a first-generation immigrant background. Significant knowledge improvements were found on all five measurements of reproductive behaviour and antenatal and postnatal health care system knowledge (24 per cent average knowledge increase in already knowledgeable participant group and 46 per cent in the not knowledgeable group). Active interpersonal recruitment methods were most successful in reaching the target groups. Peer education resulted in knowledge increase in these groups.
Invest in training of educators for peer education reproductive health. Organize recruitment by verbal advertising by community organizations and social networks of peer educators.
To the authors’ knowledge, no studies have been conducted combining investigation of the results of specific recruitment methods, the characteristics of reached participants in a multi-ethnic population and their increase in knowledge about reproductive health and care.
Data collection and recruitment of participants for the educational sessions for this study was carried out by the reproductive health peer educators. In cooperation with the community organizations in the deprived neighbourhoods of Rotterdam, two of the recruitment strategies were performed. “Zorgcampus” was, together with the Erasmus MC, responsible for coaching, training and employing the peer educators.
The authors would like to thank the Rotterdam Centre for Research and Statistics (COS, www.cos.rotterdam.nl) for their cooperation.
Peters, I., Schölmerich, V., van Veen, D., Steegers, E. and Denktaş, S. (2014), "Reproductive health peer education for multicultural target groups", Journal for Multicultural Education, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 162-178. https://doi.org/10.1108/JME-02-2014-0013Download as .RIS
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