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Training health workers to educate young women about long acting contraceptive methods reduces pregnancies, study shows

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3286 (Published 17 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3286
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Training healthcare workers to educate young women about long acting reversible contraceptive methods including intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants dramatically reduces the number of unintended pregnancies in women of this age who are seeking contraception services, a US randomised trial has found.1

The study, reported in the Lancet, randomly assigned 20 reproductive health clinics across the United States to receive staff training in counselling and insertion of IUDs and progestin implants, while 20 clinics were randomised to continue providing standard family planning care.

A key part of the evidence based training was teaching healthcare workers to educate women that different …

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