Inoue, K and Kelly, M and Barratt, A and Bateson, D and Rutherford, A and Black, KI and Stewart, M and Richters, J, Australian women's attitudes towards and understandings of the subdermal contraceptive implant: a qualitative study of never-users, Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 43, (2) pp. 128-134. ISSN 1471-1893 (2017) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2016 by the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
Study design: As part of a larger qualitative study using in-depth, open-ended interviews in 2012-2013 with women aged 16-49 years who had ever used contraception (n = 94), 65 interviews from women who discussed or mentioned the subdermal implant, but had not previously used the device, were examined and analysed using thematic analysis.
Results: The emergent themes were: satisfaction with current method; weak personal opinions and ambivalence; uncertainty due to specific concerns; and strong negative reactions - fear and dislike. Although there were a few positive perceptions expressed by women who had never used the subdermal implant, for the majority of women the perception was predominantly negative.
Discussion and conclusion: Women tended to form negative impressions from the stories of other women about the subdermal implant. Interventions to enhance evidence-informed awareness of the relative advantages and disadvantages of the implant - for example, improved access to supportive contraceptive counselling - need investigation in the Australian context. Avenues to improve women's perceived control over the device could also be usefully investigated.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Australia, hormonal contraception, implants, long-acting reversible contraception, qualitative research|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Health services and systems not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Inoue, K (Dr Kumiyo Inoue)|
|Year Published:||2017 (online first 2016)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||5|
|Deposited By:||Health Sciences|
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