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Extension of Family Planning Service in General Practice

Br Med J 1974; 3 doi: (Published 06 July 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;3:30
  1. Mary E. Brennan,
  2. L. J. Opit


    All general practitioners on the list of a single executive council were contacted and 91% were interviewed. They were asked about the type of family planning service currently provided and their willingness to extend the service. Only 3% said that they were not providing any service at the time of interview, but only 4% stated that they provided a complete range of techniques to all patients; almost two thirds of practitioners only provided advice and the “pill”. Lack of training in family planning techniques emerged as the most important factor in determining the type of service provided. At the time of interview 64% of doctors stated that they would like further training, and 35% of all doctors asked for a full course of clinical training. Many general practitioners (81%) were willing to extend their family planning services but 65% wanted financial reimbursement and 50% needed additional administrative support as prerequisites.

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