ERIC Number: ED290075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-28
A Study of Women Who Drop-Out of Family Planning Clinics.
Armstrong, Kay A.; And Others
Inconsistent use of contraceptives or discontinuance of family planning services places women at risk of unintended pregnancies. Dropping out of family planning clinics also could mean interrupting gynecological care. Nonetheless, approximately 20% of adolescent family planning patients and nearly 25% of adult patients do not return for a second visit. This study examined reasons for clinic discontinuance by conducting telephone surveys of 628 women more than 2 years after their last clinic visit at one of 62 clinics. Two reasons cited most frequently by respondents were dissatisfaction with the clinic care and the inconvenience of the clinic's hours, location, or transportation. Relationships were found between reasons for discontinuation and the individual covariables of age, years of education, income, use of public assistance, and number of live births. Relationships were found between reasons for discontinuation and the clinic covariables of number of different staff seen by a patient, seeing the same medical care provider, convenience to public transportation, and number of visits by patients with incomes less than 150% of poverty level. During the period following clinic discontinuation, 89% of the women went to another place to get gynecological care or a pelvic examination and 35% went specifically to get family planning services. These findings have both programmatic and policy implications. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Family Planning Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).