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Breaking the barrier: the Health Belief Model and patient perceptions regarding contraception.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21477689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: The study was conducted to determine the discrepancy between unintended pregnancies and use of contraception is attributed to imperfect use, misconceptions and an inability to adjust therapy to lifestyle.
STUDY DESIGN: A survey administered at a Federal clinic incorporated the Health Belief Model to determine patient's emphasis in pregnancy prevention. Analysis focused on comparing participant demographics to reasons for contraceptive selection.
RESULTS: Ease of use ranked the most important for contraception as patient's education levels increased (p=.001). As household income increased, emphasis on potential side effects became less (p=.02). Patients with private insurance ranked ease of use most frequently (p=.01). Males emphasized effectiveness and menstrual suppression more than females (p=.04 and .008).
CONCLUSION: A positive correlation between perceived benefit regarding ease of use as educational level increased and perceived barriers due to side effects as income level decreased immerged. Special counseling by practitioners to improve patient's self-efficacy, ultimately enhancing contraceptive adherence, are warranted.
Wendy Brown; Anne Ottney; Sammie Nguyen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-11-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contraception     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1879-0518     ISO Abbreviation:  Contraception     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234361     Medline TA:  Contraception     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  453-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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