Preconception counselling for women with epilepsy

The objectives of this systematic review are three-fold:

  • first, to assess the effects of preconception counselling interventions for women with epilepsy, measured by pregnancy outcomes for both mother and child;
  • second, to assess the effects of preconception counselling on knowledge of preconception issues, measured by female and partner knowledge of key issues (e.g. use of folic acid, risk estimates), intentions to plan a pregnancy, and adherence to preconception interventions and antiepileptic drugs;
  • third, to explore experiential aspects of receiving preconception interventions as experienced by women with epilepsy and their partners, using qualitative methods, to increase understanding of factors influencing the experience of pregnancy planning (e.g. risk perceptions and reproductive decision-making).

This is a protocol.