The unintended pregnancy rate in the United States is 50%. The intrauterine device (IUD) affords highly effective contraception, yet remains underused. An educational intervention on evidence-based IUD best practices was presented to 36 providers. IUD use rates and IUD beliefs were measured before and after the intervention, and participants answered open-ended questions. Provider beliefs favoring IUD provision (P < .001) and IUD insertion rates both increased (P = .023) after the intervention. Content analysis revealed 3 themes. Educating women’s health care providers on IUD best practices increased their beliefs and use of IUDs. Continuing education enhances provision of the IUD, thereby reducing unintended pregnancies.
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners
Esposito, Christa and LoGiudice, Jenna A., "Beliefs and Use of Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) Among Women’s Health Care Providers" (2019). Nursing and Health Studies Faculty Publications. 208.
Esposito, C. P., & LoGiudice, J. (Oct 2019). Beliefs and Use of Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) Among Women’s Health Care Providers. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 15 (9) pp.682-687. 10.1016/j.nurpra.2019.05.005
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