Feasibility of a Theory-based Waiting Room App for Contraceptive Counseling
Methods: A contraceptive counseling app was developed in conjunction with young women of color. The counseling approach was informed by the theory of planned behavior, featured videos of young women from the target population, and addressed contraceptive decision with particular attention to long acting reversible contraception (LARC). The app was then evaluated in a randomized controlled trial of 225 women at community reproductive health centers. Women randomized to the control arm received standard contraceptive counseling. Women randomized to the intervention arm received the miPlan app prior to their counseling session. Chart reviews and follow-up at 3-months was conducted for all women.
Results: We hypothesized that post-intervention, women who used miPlan will report higher contraceptive use, increased self-efficacy for highly effective contraception, higher contraceptive satisfaction, and an increased intention to continue their chosen method, compared to women in the control arm.
Discussion: This study demonstrates that mobile apps developed with user populations are a feasible and useful tool for increasing knowledge and building self-efficacy around contraceptive method use. Additionally, taking advantage of waiting room downtime via a contraceptive counseling app may offer an easily scalable and accessible intervention to aid contraception uptake among young women.
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe the development and design of a mobile contraceptive counseling app. Discuss the feasibility and efficacy of a mobile contraceptive counseling app to increase LARC knowledge, interest, intentions to use and uptake.
Keyword(s): Contraception, Family Planning
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 10 years of direct service in sexual and reproductive health with girls and women of color. I also have a MA in Gender and Women Studies and am completing a MPH in Community Health Sciences, Maternal and Child Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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