Strategies For Communicating Contraceptive Effectiveness

June 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: UK

A Cochrane review discusses strategies for communicating contraceptive effectiveness.

The authors searched the computerised databases MEDLINE, POPLINE, CENTRAL, PsycINFO, and EMBASE for studies of communicating contraceptive effectiveness. They also examined references lists of relevant articles, and wrote to known investigators for information about other published or unpublished trials.

The research included randomised controlled trials that compared methods for communicating contraceptive effectiveness to consumers. The comparison could be usual practice or an alternative to the experimental intervention.

The authors' concluded that they have limited evidence about what works to help consumers choose an appropriate contraceptive method. For presenting pregnancy risk data, one trial showed that categories were better than numbers. In another trial, audiovisual aids worked better than the usual oral presentation. Strategies for communicating information should be examined in clinical settings and assessed for effect on contraceptive choice and retention of knowledge. To expand the knowledge base of what works in contraceptive counseling, randomised trials could intentionally use and test theories or models.

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