Emergency contraception knowledge after a community education campaign

Rebekah E. Gee, Laurent C. Delli-Bovi, Cynthia Chuang

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Background: This study evaluates the effectiveness of a community education campaign in the Boston community of Jamaica Plain conducted by the Massachusetts Emergency Contraception (EC) Network aimed at improving public knowledge of EC. Study Design: Pre- and postintervention surveys of reproductive-age women were conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the community education campaign. Knowledge of EC was compared before and after the intervention using surveys of community-based samples of women. Results: One hundred eighty-eight and 290 women participated in the preintervention and postintervention surveys, respectively. Following the intervention, women were significantly more likely to have heard of EC (91% vs. 82%, p=.007), know the mechanism of action of EC (49% vs. 39%, p=.04), have discussed EC with a health care provider (38% vs. 25%, p=.003) and have received an advance prescription for EC (22% vs. 12%, p=.004), as well as were more likely to use EC in the future if needed (79% vs. 63%, p=.0002). Conclusion: This grassroots-based community education campaign on EC was effective in improving EC knowledge in this Boston community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)366-371
Number of pages6
JournalContraception
Volume76
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Gee, Rebekah E. ; Delli-Bovi, Laurent C. ; Chuang, Cynthia. / Emergency contraception knowledge after a community education campaign. In: Contraception. 2007 ; Vol. 76, No. 5. pp. 366-371.
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Emergency contraception knowledge after a community education campaign. / Gee, Rebekah E.; Delli-Bovi, Laurent C.; Chuang, Cynthia.

In: Contraception, Vol. 76, No. 5, 01.11.2007, p. 366-371.

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