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Use of home pregnancy tests among adolescent women.
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PMID:  14734965     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many adolescents use home pregnancy tests when they suspect pregnancy. However, because of developmental issues and greater variation in menstrual cycles, teens are at risk for obtaining false-negative test results. Moreover, with teens, the need for a pregnancy test often accompanies the need for comprehensive reproductive care including evaluation for sexually transmitted infections and contraception. This article reviews the mechanisms of home pregnancy testing including sensitivity, accuracy, and home testing procedures. Clinical strategies for improving the accuracy of home pregnancy tests for teen users are discussed. Lastly, policy implications to improve teens' access to more accurate pregnancy testing and to reproductive health services are suggested.
Lois S Sadler; Michelle W Dynes; Alison M Daley; Jeannette R Ickovics; John M Leventhal; Heather Reynolds
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0361-929X     ISO Abbreviation:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Publication Date:    2004 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-01-21     Completed Date:  2004-04-22     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7605941     Medline TA:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  50-5     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, CT 06536-0740, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior*
Maternal-Child Nursing / methods
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Pregnancy Tests / methods*,  nursing
Pregnancy in Adolescence / prevention & control,  urine*
Self Care / methods*
Sex Education / methods

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