Development and field testing of a decision support tool to facilitate shared decision making in contraceptive counseling

The development of a  shared decision making contraceptive counseling tool (My Birth Control) is aimed at improving the patient experience and supporting patients and providers in contraceptive decision making. The tool allows women to provide their preferences related to birth control and allows for a more efficient and effective contraceptive counseling conversation with their provider.

Recommendations for intrauterine contraception: a randomized trial of the effects of patients’ race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status

In this study, standardized patients were used to assess the impact of patient race and socioeconomic status on provider recommendations for intrauterine devices. The study found that providers may have biases about intrauterine contraception or make assumptions about its use based on patient race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Women who were non-white were more likely to be recommended an IUD than White women.

SisterSong and National Women’s Health Network’s Long Acting Reversible Contraception Statement of Principles

SisterSong, a national reproductive justice organization, has endorsed a set of principles around the use of Long Acting Reversible Contraception. These principles encourage the acknowledgement of reproductive coercion in history and in present and provide guidance on providing LARC access as a part of a full spectrum of contraceptive care.

Patients’ experiences with South Carolina’s immediate postpartum Long-acting reversible contraception Medicaid policy

This study examined the patient experiences of implementation of immediate post-partum LARC policies in South Carolina for Medicaid patients. The findings suggest providers’ timing, style, and content of contraceptive counseling about immediate postpartum LARC may not be sufficiently patient-centered. Additionally, lack of access to unfettered LARC removal limits patients’ reproductive autonomy.

Core competencies in sexual and reproductive health for the interprofessional primary care team

Converge is focused on improving the teaching of family planning care in family health nurse practitioner programs. This project aimed to identify core competencies to guide training across the primary care professions. The 33 core competencies developed encompass professional ethics and reproductive justice, collaboration, services, and conditions.

Development of a patient-reported measure of the interpersonal quality of family planning care

Researchers at UCSF designed a set of patient-reported quality measures intended to provide feedback on the patient experience of family planning healthcare. The quality measures impact contraceptive continuation at the three and six month marks and can be used to assess the effectiveness of provider communications.

Providing Quality Family Planning Services

This report provides recommendations developed collaboratively by CDC and the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) of theU.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The recommendations outline how to provide quality family planning services, which include contraceptive services, pregnancy testing and counseling, helping clients achieve pregnancy, basic infertility services, preconception health services, and sexually transmitted disease services.