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Table 1 Results over three consecutive years of the invitation by 30 general practices to provide PCC.

From: Preconception counselling initiated by general practitioners in the Netherlands: reaching couples contemplating pregnancy [ISRCTN53942912]

Category of respondents Year PCC was offered
  2000 2001 2002
Total population to be approached 13,048 8,312 5,866
Review of population by GP    
   Women included 7,872 (60%) 3,889 (47%) 3,154 (54%)
   Women excluded 5,176 (40%) 4,419 (53%) 2,711 (46%)
Response of women included    
   Yes 3,311 (42%) 1,702 (44%) 1769 (56%)
   No 4,561 (58%) 2,187 (56%) 1,385 (44%)
Interest in PCC of responders    
   Yes 1,480 (45%) 781 (46%) 962 (54%)
   No 1,831 (55%) 921 (54%) 807 (46%)
Intended to get pregnant of interested responders    
   Within one year 333 (23%) 205 (26%) 187 (19%)
   Between one and five years 480 (32%) 282 (36%) 333 (35%)
   Term unknown 607 (41%) 267 (34%) 419 (44%)
   No desire for children, or for more children 35 (2%) 21 (3%) 21 (2%)
   Pregnant 25 (2%) 6 (1%) 2 (0%)
Risk-assessment questionnaire    
   Sent 378 147 179
   Returned 260 (69%) 87 (59%) 144 (80%)
Preconception counselling    
   Women attending 176 (72%) 69 (73%) 103 (76%)
   Women already pregnant before attending 52 (21%) 17 (18%) 18 (13%)
   Women who had moved 4 (2%) 4 (4%) 0 (0%)
   Women no longer interested 13 (5%) 3 (3%) 1 (1%)
   Other 1 (0%) 2 (2%) 13 (10%)