Document Type

Article

Article Version

Post-print

Publication Date

10-2019

Abstract

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.

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Publication Title

The Journal for Nurse Practitioners

Published Citation

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

DOI

10.1016/j.nurpra.2019.05.005

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