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The effect of mobile video training for healthcare providers on long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) use among adolescents and young women

      ABSTRACT

      Study Objective

      To assess whether improving providers’ education by video training using a mobile phone could affect providers’ knowledge and attitude toward long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), and thus further affect adolescents’ and young nulliparous women's decisions to use LARCs.

      Design, Setting, Participants, Intervention, and Main Outcome Measures

      This prospective case-control study was performed between 2019 and 2020. A total of 40 healthcare providers participated, of which 20 received “LARC First” video training, whereas the other 20 served as the control group and received no training. Surveys were conducted of 244 adolescents and young women who were consulted by these 2 groups of healthcare providers before abortion surgery. The data were used to analyze the relationship between providers’ knowledge scores and the percentage of women who received counseling on LARCs decided to use LARCs, and what percentage continued to do so 12 months after surgery.

      Results

      Providers from the study group scored higher in LARC knowledge than the control group. Compared to the control group, women in the study group reported receiving more counseling on LARCs (81.4% vs 7.9%) and more often chose to use LARCs (24.6% vs 2.4%). Twelve months later, there was no significant difference in contraceptive continuation between study and control groups, but study group participants were more likely to be using LARCs (P < .001).

      Conclusion

      Video training for providers improved both their knowledge and willingness to recommend LARCs and increased the probability of adolescent and young nulliparous women using these methods to reduce unintended pregnancy.

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