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*Editors' Note: As of January 2017, the Monthly Women's Health Research Review has been discontinued. Below are archived articles for your reference.

Study examines efficacy of family planning clinic-based intervention for reproductive coercion

March 30, 2016

In this study, researchers examine the effect of an intervention program designed to address reproductive coercion (RC) "on knowledge and harm reduction and, in turn, on RC, [intimate partner violence (IPV)] and unintended pregnancy among adolescent and young adult women" seeking care at family planning (FP) clinics. The researchers find that while the "intervention did not influence recent IPV, RC or unintended pregnancy among this sample of FP clients," it did "increase[e] awareness of IPV-related resources and self-efficacy to use harm reduction behaviors." The intervention also appeared to reduce RC among women who reported experiencing multiple forms of RC at baseline.

Researchers assess barriers to confidentiality of adolescent family planning services

March 30, 2016

In this study, researchers assess the steps federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) take to ensure privacy of adolescent patients seeking family planning services and to identify the barriers preventing them from doing so. The researchers find that while "providing confidential services is not always a clear-cut process," offering "privacy and confidentiality is ... critical to ensuring that underserved adolescents can get [family planning] care without substantial barriers."

Review assesses relationship between race, ethnicity and preferred contraceptive features

February 24, 2016

In this study, researchers examined racial and ethnic differences in women's preferred contraceptive method features. They "found that there was no contraceptive method that completely matched any racial or ethnic group's stated preferences, with women of color having preferences for features that appear to more closely match lower efficacy methods as compared to Whites." The researchers said disparities in the unintended pregnancy rate likely could be addressed via patient-centered contraceptive counseling, as well "attention to the need for contraceptive methods that meet a greater number of women's feature preferences."

Study examines how excluding Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women's Health Program affects care

February 24, 2016

In this study, researchers examine the effect of excluding Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women's Health Program and found it "was associated with adverse changes in the rates of provision and continuation of contraception and with increases in the rate of childbirth covered by Medicaid." According to the researchers, the study has "implications regarding the likely consequences of proposals to exclude Planned Parenthood affiliates from public funding in other states or at the national level."

Out-of-pocket costs of contraception down almost 70% since ACA's implementation, study finds

February 24, 2016

In this study, the researchers assess how the contraceptive coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act have affected out-of-pocket costs for FDA-approved birth control methods. Looking at claims for contraceptives in a large database, the researchers find that mean out-of-pocket costs per contraceptive claim fell by 66.7% for contraceptives overall between 2011 and 2013.

Study evaluates women's experiences accessing abortion care after enforcement of HB 2

February 24, 2016

In this study, researchers examine women's experiences seeking abortion care in Texas after the state began enforcing provisions of the state's omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2). The researchers find that "[i]n the period after clinics closed due to enforcement of HB2, women faced added informational, geographic and financial obstacles to abortion care."

Review examines adolescents' experiences with reproductive health visits

February 24, 2016

In this study, researchers review adolescents' experiences with sexual and reproductive health-related physician visits to "develo[p] recommendations for providers to improve the quality and frequency" of such conversations. The researchers find that factors such as environment, patient-provider relationship, language choice and availability of additional resources can influence reproductive health visits.

Study assesses adolescent providers' understanding of EC policies

February 24, 2016

In this study, authors look at adolescent providers' "awareness and impact of current over the counter emergency contraception (EC) policies." The researchers find that the medical professionals "may lack awareness of EC policy" and suggest bolstering medical residents' training on the issue to "addres[s] adolescent EC underuse."

Survey Examines Provider Opinions on Pharmacy Access to Contraceptives

January 27, 2016

In this survey, researchers examine physician and midlevel providers' opinions on pharmacist-initiated hormonal contraception, as well as over-the-counter and behind-the-counter access. The survey finds that providers support pharmacist-initiated access, although the researchers note that policy changes will be needed to ensure reimbursement and pharmacist training if such access is implemented.

Study Evaluates Patients' Perceptions of Mandatory Delay Requirement

January 27, 2016

In this study, researchers examine women's perception of how Arizona's mandatory delay might affect their ability to access abortion care. The researchers found that the "majority of participants reported anticipating at least one negative outcome from the two-visit, 24-hour [mandatory delay] period, and felt that the law would negatively impact their well-being."

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