Provision of hormonal and long-acting reversible contraceptive services by general practices in Scotland, UK (2004–2009)

Anusha Reddy, Margaret Watson, Philip Hannaford, Karen Lefevre, Dolapo Ayansina

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Abstract

Background In the UK, a large proportion of contraceptive services are provided from general practice. However, little is known about which contraceptive services are provided and to whom.

Study design Descriptive serial cross-sectional study of women aged 12–55 years, registered with 191 general practices in Scotland, UK between 2004 and 2009.

Results Annual incidence of provision of hormonal and long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) increased from 27.7% in 2004 to 30.1% in 2009. Amongst those women registered with a general practice for the full 5-year period the provision of LARCs increased from 8.8% to 12.5% (p<0.001). For the same group, the provision of emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) decreased from 5.2% to 2.6% (p<0.001).

Conclusions With the exception of EHC, there was an increase over time in the provision of hormonal contraceptives and LARCs from general practices. It is important that a full range of contraceptive options remains easily available to women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-29
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
Volume40
Issue number1
Early online date21 May 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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