Patient satisfaction with 3 methods of postpartum contraceptive counseling: A randomized, prospective trial

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  • OBJECTIVE: To compare patient satisfaction with 3 different postpartum contraceptive counseling methods. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized, prospective trial in an urban medical center. Patients were randomized to receive physician-patient counseling, written literature or an educational video. The main outcome variable was patient satisfaction with the contraceptive teaching method. Patient satisfaction was analyzed as a categorical variable and compared with χ2 tests. Secondary outcomes were compared with χ2 tests and ANOVA. RESULTS: Greater than 90% of patients in each arm were satisfied with the contraceptive counseling that they received. Patients receiving physician-patient counseling expressed a 99% satisfaction rate (p = 0.044). African American (98.2%) and Hispanic (93.5%) patients were more satisfied than Caucasian (83.3%) patients (p = 0.026). Satisfaction with contraceptive counseling decreased with age. CONCLUSION: An organized program of contraceptive counseling provides adequate information for patients to be comfortable with their decision about their postpartum contraceptive method. Patients were most satisfied with physician counseling. © Journal of Reproductive Medicine®, Inc.
  • Authors

    Pubmed Id

  • 549856
  • Author List

  • Proctor A; Jenkins TR; Loeb T; Elliot M; Ryan A
  • Start Page

  • 377
  • End Page

  • 382
  • Volume

  • 51
  • Issue

  • 5