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You can access this
clinical trial
if you have
Sexual and Reproductive Health Problems
and you are
between 13 and 18
years old
The phase for this study is not defined.
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The purpose

Adolescents in Latin America are at major risk for unwanted pregnancies leading to unsafe abortions and maternal health risks. Mostly, adolescent health programmes tend to focus on unidirectional interventions aiming at a single determinant of adolescents´ sexual and reproductive health. However, evidence exists that a complex health problem should be addressed by an equally nuanced and multipronged response. Knowledge is lacking on how to develop a comprehensive approach to promote adolescents' sexual health. The CERCA study will conduct an implementation based on the hypothesis that a comprehensive strategy of community-embedded interventions helps to improve the sexual health of adolescents. We will test this hypothesis and describe the development, implementation and testing of interventions in three Latin American cities: Cochabamba (Bolivia), Cuenca (Ecuador) and Managua (Nicaragua). The research methodology has been designed based on the methodological frameworks of action research, community based participatory research and intervention mapping. The interventions are complex addressing different target groups (adolescents, parents, authorities and health providers) and focussing on various behaviours that are related to communication about sexuality, information seeking, access to health care and safe sexual intercourse. For the evaluation of effectiveness a randomised and non-randomised controlled study was developed for respectively Managua and the two other cities. Furthermore a process evaluation is conducted. This research will result in a framework that will contribute to the planning of interventions that are effective and responsive to adolescents' sexual health needs.

Provided treatments

  • Behavioral: Theory of planned behaviour (TPB) and social cognitive theory (SCT).

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Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT01722084. The sponsor of the trial is University Ghent and it is looking for 9625 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
Community-embedded Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents in Latin America (CERCA).