Online Program

Women's perceptions of the value of a contraceptive method selector: Implications for clinical care

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 11:18 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Cassondra Marshall, DrPH, MPH, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Berkeley, CA
Amani M. Nuru-Jeter, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Sylvia Guendelman, PhD, LCSW, School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Jane Mauldon, PhD, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH, Division of Research, Women's Health Research Institute, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland, CA
Background: Contraceptive care is a key preventive healthcare service. Selecting a contraceptive method is an important decision involving a number of considerations that can affect a woman’s ability to successfully use the method. It can also been challenging for healthcare providers to convey unbiased, factual information about contraception in a limited amount of time. Objective: To better understand patients’ perceptions of the value and utility of a recently-designed contraceptive method selector at an integrated healthcare system. Methods: We conducted 20 semi-structured interviews with female patients 15-29 from an integrated healthcare system in the San Francisco Bay Area. Patients had previously used a contraceptive method or were looking to start or switch to a new method. Interviews explored women’s decisional needs related to choosing a contraceptive method, perceptions of the value of the decision-making tool, and preferences for using the tool in relation to their clinical care. Interviews were transcribed verbatim, and thematic analysis will be used identify common themes in the participants’ experience. Data will be coded using Atlas.ti. Results: Salient themes related to 1) patients’ specific perceptions of the contraceptive method selector, 2) aspects of the selector that patients found most valuable, 3) aspects of the tool that patients deemed inadequate, 4) patients’ needs for specific types of information, and 5) patients’ thoughts on using the tool in relation to clinical visits will be presented. Conclusions: Contraceptive decision-making tools can serve as a complement to provider counseling.  Implications for integrating contraceptive decision-making tools into clinical care will be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how a contraceptive method selector can assist patients with choosing a birth control method. Describe how patients believe they could use a contraceptive decision-making tool in the clinical setting.

Keyword(s): Contraception, Health Care Delivery

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I recruited participants, conducted the interviews, and will analyze the data and for this study. I have extensive academic and professional experience in the area of family planning and reproductive health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.