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Objective The elaboration of a European health monitoring system is an ongoing process. Our aim was to study the availability, feasibility and comparability of the reproductive health indicators and to illustrate whether cross-country comparisons are feasible for pinpointing areas of concern and future research. Methods We surveyed 18 reproductive health indicators from eight countries: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Spain. The data were obtained from national sources and international health databases. Results Indicators based on routine health and population statistics and registers were available, reliable, and comparable. The only exceptions were the proportion of children born after assisted reproductive technology and age-specific teenage birth rates, which were less commonly available. There were more problems in obtaining comparable information for indicators which are to be taken from health surveys. In many cases the data did not exist at all or were old. The comparability was also affected by the significant variation in data collection methods, inclusion criteria and survey-question wording. Consequently, the comparability could not be ascertained with our data. Conclusions Health surveys seldom include questions on reproductive and sexual health. The European Health Interview should include core questions on reproductive and sexual health.

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Gissler, Mika et al. “The Feasibility of European Reproductive Health Indicators.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CONTRACEPTION AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE 13.4 (2008): 376–386. Print.
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Gissler, M., Hannikainen-Ingman, K., Donati, S., Jahn, A., da Silva, M. O., Hemminki, E., Group, R., et al. (2008). The feasibility of European reproductive health indicators. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CONTRACEPTION AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, 13(4), 376–386.
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Gissler, Mika, Katri Hannikainen-Ingman, Serena Donati, Albrecht Jahn, Miguel Oliveira da Silva, Elina Hemminki, REPROSTAT Group, and Marleen Temmerman. 2008. “The Feasibility of European Reproductive Health Indicators.” European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 13 (4): 376–386.
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Gissler, Mika, Katri Hannikainen-Ingman, Serena Donati, Albrecht Jahn, Miguel Oliveira da Silva, Elina Hemminki, REPROSTAT Group, and Marleen Temmerman. 2008. “The Feasibility of European Reproductive Health Indicators.” European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 13 (4): 376–386.
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Gissler M, Hannikainen-Ingman K, Donati S, Jahn A, da Silva MO, Hemminki E, et al. The feasibility of European reproductive health indicators. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CONTRACEPTION AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE. 2008;13(4):376–86.
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M. Gissler et al., “The feasibility of European reproductive health indicators,” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CONTRACEPTION AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 376–386, 2008.
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  abstract     = {Objective The elaboration of a European health monitoring system is an ongoing process. Our aim was to study the availability, feasibility and comparability of the reproductive health indicators and to illustrate whether cross-country comparisons are feasible for pinpointing areas of concern and future research. Methods We surveyed 18 reproductive health indicators from eight countries: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Spain. The data were obtained from national sources and international health databases. Results Indicators based on routine health and population statistics and registers were available, reliable, and comparable. The only exceptions were the proportion of children born after assisted reproductive technology and age-specific teenage birth rates, which were less commonly available. There were more problems in obtaining comparable information for indicators which are to be taken from health surveys. In many cases the data did not exist at all or were old. The comparability was also affected by the significant variation in data collection methods, inclusion criteria and survey-question wording. Consequently, the comparability could not be ascertained with our data. Conclusions Health surveys seldom include questions on reproductive and sexual health. The European Health Interview should include core questions on reproductive and sexual health.},
  author       = {Gissler, Mika and Hannikainen-Ingman, Katri and Donati, Serena and Jahn, Albrecht and da Silva, Miguel Oliveira and Hemminki, Elina and Group, REPROSTAT and Temmerman, Marleen},
  issn         = {1362-5187},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CONTRACEPTION AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {376--386},
  title        = {The feasibility of European reproductive health indicators},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13625180802344257},
  volume       = {13},
  year         = {2008},
}

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