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Session: Emergency Contraception: Challenges and Opportunites as Availabitiy Increases
5185.0: Wednesday, November 10, 2004: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Emergency Contraception: Challenges and Opportunites as Availabitiy Increases
Although availability of emergency contraception (EC) has increased in the US and other countries, further efforts are needed to improve access to this important FP method. Whether in the form of combined or progestin-only pills, or IUDs, EC is a safe and effective method of contraception, with different types of EC pills approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. With wider availability, EC could potentially prevent hundreds of thousands of unintended pregnancies and abortions each year in the U.S. Yet despite this promise and increased availability, access to EC is restricted for many women. Some pharmacists and religious hospitals do not to provide EC, even for women who have been raped. Further, anti-choice/anti-family planning organizations have used scare tactics to mislead the public, attempting to equate EC with medical abortion, and making false claims about safety and efficacy. This panel presents findings of studies on US providers’ knowledge and attitudes about EC, descriptions of EC in the US media, internet access to EC through a California website and hotline, and two examples from Bangladesh of implementing EC in international settings.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1) describe the mechanism of action of emergency contraception (EC), the level of knowledge and common misunderstandings about EC among the public, and the current policy debates surrounding this option 2) describe provider and client attitudes in the US toward EC 3) cite results of 2 studies (US and Bangladesh) to test contraception and EC use following provision of a packet containing EC and information, or a packet containing only information about EC 4) describe the methods and advantages of content analysis for the assessment of mass media coverage of EC and other reproductive health options 5) evaluate the effectiveness of hotlines versus websites in providing public health information to women, Hispanic consumers and residents of small towns 6) define how to conduct a nationwide EC training in international settings (Bangladesh example)
Moderator(s):Francine Coeytaux
2:30 PMEverything you wanted to know about what providers REALLY think of emergency contraception but were afraid to ask  [ Recorded presentation ]
Anna Garcia, Elizabeth Suden, MA, Terri Walsh, MPH, Ron Frezieres, MSPH
2:42 PMGot EC? What clinicians need to know about their clients to better serve them  [ Recorded presentation ]
Terri L. Walsh, MPH, Elizabeth Suden, MA, Ron Frezieres, MSPH
2:54 PMContraception or abortion: Inaccurate descriptions of emergency contraception in newspaper articles, 1992-2002  [ Recorded presentation ]
Sandi Pruitt, MPH, Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH
3:06 PMConsumer use of hotline and website to access emergency contraception through California pharmacies  [ Recorded presentation ]
Nicole Monastersky, MPH, Diana Greene Foster, PhD, Frances Chung
3:18 PMTraining on emergency contraception: Experiences from nationwide scaling up program  [ Recorded presentation ]
M. E. Khan, PhD, Sharif Mohammed Ismail Hossain, MBBS MPH, Md. Moshiur Rahman, MSc, Mirza A. H. M. Barek, MBBS, Bishnupada Dhar, Mpil
3:30 PM“Prophylactic” versus “on demand”: A critical analysis of Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) distribution
M. E. Khan, PhD, Sharif Mohammed Ismail Hossain, MBBS MPH, Moshiur Rahman
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Community Health Planning and Policy Development; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA