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Teenage pregnancy in the United Kingdom: are we doing enough?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17484199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The teenage pregnancy unit's strategy for dealing with the increasing problem of unwanted pregnancy is rather prescriptive and simplistic for such a complex problem. It is not surprising that despite its recent recommendations, the problem has worsened. It is ludicrous to promote efficient ways to provide oral contraceptive pills to teenagers when good evidence of its inconsistent use among this age group is common knowledge. In addition, increasing access to emergency contraception could undermine teenagers' perception of the importance of commitment in relationships and thus send them a wrong message. This paper reviews the available evidence on the subject and highlights some good practices from other parts of the western world, which have not been incorporated into the UK strategy. It challenges the various stakeholders to show better commitment by providing a more rigorous and effective strategy.
Olubusola Amu; Koby Appiah
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The European journal of contraception & reproductive health care : the official journal of the European Society of Contraception     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1362-5187     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-08     Completed Date:  2007-05-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712127     Medline TA:  Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  314-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale road, OL1 2JH, Manchester, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Health Services / organization & administration*
Family Planning Services / methods*
Great Britain
Health Services Accessibility*
Pregnancy in Adolescence* / prevention & control,  psychology
Sex Education / methods*

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