Randomized Controlled Trial of Structured Contraceptive Counseling in Adult Women
In the United States, highly effective methods of birth control are often not used. Healthcare providers use birth control counseling and patient education as ways to increase the usage of birth control. However, little evidence exists to show that patient education and birth control counseling changes birth control use.
We want to evaluate the effectiveness of using a uniform set of birth control information to provide birth control education to women having an early pregnancy termination. The counselors will allow the clients to both read as well as hear the information. We propose to evaluate whether this counseling will lead to 1) more women choosing highly effective nonpermanent birth control methods and 2) more women continuing to use these methods for a longer time.
Women in the study will complete a questionaire about their health. Half of them will have the structured counseling and half will have the routine counseling currently offered to women as a part of their routine care. We will contact all study participants with a telephone call three months and six months later to have a 10 minute conversation about what birth control they are using.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Structured Contraceptive Counseling--A Randomized Controlled Trial|
- Choice of contraceptive method on day of enrollment. [ Time Frame: Day of enrollment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||October 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Structured contraceptive counseling and routine care.
Other: Structured contraceptive counseling
Uniform set of visual information about contraception which a counselor will read out loud with each participant and answer questions.
Other Name: Family Planning Decision Making Tool
No Intervention: 2
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|United States, New York|
|Columbia University Medical Center|
|New York, New York, United States, 10032|
|Principal Investigator:||Carolyn Westhoff, MD, MSc||Columbia University|