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Randomized Controlled Trial of Structured Contraceptive Counseling in Adult Women

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Carolyn L. Westhoff, Columbia University Identifier:
First received: September 2, 2008
Last updated: December 11, 2012
Last verified: December 2012

In the United States, highly effective methods of birth control are often not used. Healthcare providers use birth control counseling and patient education as ways to increase the usage of birth control. However, little evidence exists to show that patient education and birth control counseling changes birth control use.

We want to evaluate the effectiveness of using a uniform set of birth control information to provide birth control education to women having an early pregnancy termination. The counselors will allow the clients to both read as well as hear the information. We propose to evaluate whether this counseling will lead to 1) more women choosing highly effective nonpermanent birth control methods and 2) more women continuing to use these methods for a longer time.

Women in the study will complete a questionaire about their health. Half of them will have the structured counseling and half will have the routine counseling currently offered to women as a part of their routine care. We will contact all study participants with a telephone call three months and six months later to have a 10 minute conversation about what birth control they are using.

Condition Intervention
Contraception Other: Structured contraceptive counseling

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Structured Contraceptive Counseling--A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by Carolyn L. Westhoff, Columbia University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Choice of contraceptive method on day of enrollment. [ Time Frame: Day of enrollment ]

Enrollment: 250
Study Start Date: October 2008
Study Completion Date: February 2010
Primary Completion Date: July 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Structured contraceptive counseling and routine care.
Other: Structured contraceptive counseling
Uniform set of visual information about contraception which a counselor will read out loud with each participant and answer questions.
Other Name: Family Planning Decision Making Tool
No Intervention: 2
Routine care.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 18 years or older
  • seeking contraception
  • Spanish or English speaking
  • has access to a telephone
  • willing to participate in the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • age less than 18 years
  • not fluent in English or Spanish
  • not able to have access to a phone
  • not seeking contraception
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00746993

United States, New York
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, New York, United States, 10032
Sponsors and Collaborators
Columbia University
Principal Investigator: Carolyn Westhoff, MD, MSc Columbia University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Carolyn L. Westhoff, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Population and Family Health and Epidemiology at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital at the Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University Identifier: NCT00746993     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAD5101
Study First Received: September 2, 2008
Last Updated: December 11, 2012

Keywords provided by Carolyn L. Westhoff, Columbia University:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Contraceptive Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
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