Medical Practice

Domiciliary Family Planning Service in Glasgow

Br Med J 1971; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5789.731 (Published 18 December 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;4:731
  1. Elizabeth Wilson

    Abstract

    In the first year of the operation of a domiciliary family planning service 50 deprived families accepted contraceptive advice offered in their homes. Associated factors were poverty, unemployment, overcrowding, alcoholism, debt, and disease. The women had previously averaged one pregnancy every 19 months but during the period under review there were only two pregnancies, in contrast to the 37 that would otherwise have been expected. Though the service is expensive in professional time, the overall saving in costs to the community by the prevention of unwanted pregnancies in socially inadequate families fully justifies the scheme.

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