Objective: Abortion clinics frequently offer contraceptive counseling, but it is unclear if this is in line with patient preferences or satisfies an unmet need. Our objective was to examine preferences for contraceptive counseling and access among abortion patients in a legally restrictive setting. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 181 patients at an abortion clinic in Dallas, Texas completed anonymous, self-administered surveys from June-July 2018. We analyzed data descriptively. Results: 46.5% of patients offered the survey agreed to participate. 33.1% of respondents preferred to obtain birth control from somewhere near their home. 29.3% preferred to obtain birth control from the same physician they visit for other health care needs. 81.8% were uninterested in contraceptive counseling at their abortion visit. Of these, 52.0% did not want to follow up for contraceptive counseling or services. Conclusion: Among study participants, most lacked interest in contraceptive counseling at the time of their abortion visit. Those interested in follow up preferred a resource handout over other options, such as a follow-up visit or phone call. Practice implications: A patient-centered approach elicits patient preferences for contraceptive care and honors them by facilitating access when requested, such as through comprehensive resources and referrals.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Patient Education and Counseling|
|State||Accepted/In press - 2021|
- Contraceptive counseling
- Patient preferences
- Post-abortion contraception
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