Providers as partners in contraceptive decision-making
A new UCSF study finds that women choosing a birth control method are most satisfied with their decision-making process when their provider is engaged but not overbearing. Researchers asked women whether their process of selecting a birth control method felt driven primarily by them or by their provider, or if it felt like a shared decision. The study also evaluated women’s satisfaction with the method they ultimately chose.
Women who felt they shared in their contraceptive decision with their provider were most satisfied with both the decision-making process and the contraceptive method they selected. Women who felt their provider dominated the decision-making were least satisfied with the process. Also, women who perceived that their provider was biased toward a particular method ended up less satisfied with the method they chose.
These findings support a growing body of evidence, including another recent study by UCSF researchers, suggesting that contraceptive care is most effective when it incorporates and respects women’s individual preferences.