The London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy (LMUP)                

Evaluation of the LMUP in Turkey
Dr Sumeyye Altiparmak and colleagues (Inonu University and Firat University, Turkey) evaluated the LMUP with 596 pregnant women attending antenatal services. The findings of the evaluation were published in 2021:

Dr Sumeyye Altiparmak and colleagues evaluated the LMUP with 596 pregnant women attending antenatal clinics in Eastern Turkey:

Altiparmak S, Yilmaz AN, Derya YA. 2021 The Turkish validity and reliability study of the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research 47;4:1362-1370 Abstract

Generally the Turkish LMUP performed well. However, item 6 (pre-conceptual preparations) performed in an unusual way, the opposite to what was expected. The authors did not share this finding with us prior to publication so we were unable to share our thoughts and experience with them. Notably, the only times that we have previously seen an item behaving in the opposite way to expected it has been due to a coding error in the data or because the item is being misinterpreted by women and it requires revision.

We submitted a letter to the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research to highlight the problem but the journal chose not to publish the letter.

The authors, on the basis of their results, recommended excluding item 6, which unfortunately lessens the international comparability of the Turkish LMUP.

We recommend anyone wishing to use the Turkish LMUP to re-visit item 6, i.e. checking cultural adaptation, translation, comprehension etc.

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