Project Preconception Care: The “Gabby” System
What is Preconception Care?
Preconception care is the effort to improve the health of young women before pregnancy in the hope of improving pregnancy outcomes. Simply put, healthier women have healthier babies. It is a broad collection of health topics, ranging from issues like family planning, specific medical conditions (e.g., diabetes), and preventive behaviors (e.g., immunization and folic acid supplementation).
The Gabby System
The “Gabby” System, developed by a research group at Boston University Medical Center in partnership with the Relational Agents Group from Northeastern University, is designed to help young African American women improve their Preconception Health status and thus improve their chances of having a healthy pregnancy and birth outcome in the future. The health information presented by the character, “Gabby,” is based on the clinical recommendations published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preconception Health and Health Care: The Clinical Content of Preconception Care.
Early testing has indicated that Gabby can help young women reduce their number of preconception health risks. In addition, users have reported that the system is easy to use and that they like and trust Gabby.
Gabby Research Studies
Test the Gabby System
Focus Groups: Preconception Care for Men
Reaching Women Through Health Information Technology: The Gabby Preconception Care System
Could Talking With Virtual ‘Gabby’ Help Prep You For Pregnancy?
Virtual Patient Advocates Help With Pre-Natal Care
Virtual patient advocate shows promise in reducing risky pregnancies