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Health care providers’ perceptions of family planning and contraception education for adolescents in Kampala, Uganda – A qualitative study
Department of Nursing, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda.
Department of Nursing, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Research group (Dept. of women´s and children´s health), Obstetrics and Reproductive Health Research. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0180-0280
2019 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 21, p. 15-20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives

Unsafe abortions are a reproductive health problem in low-income countries, but can be prevented by decreasing unintended pregnancies. The objective was to describe health care providers’ (HCPs) perceptions of family planning and contraception education for adolescents in Kampala, Uganda.

Study design

A qualitative study with a semi-structured interview guide was used for individual face-to-face interviews. Eight participants from two different Non-governmental organisations were interviewed. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the data.

Results

Data analysis resulted in three main categories of HCP perceptions: counseling, education and availability; peer-educators and community leaders; and stigma, inequality and myths. The providers emphasized the importance to discuss and eradicate the myths and misconceptions among adolescents regarding family planning methods by giving information, preferably at early ages. Peer-educators and community leaders were the most successful methods for accessing and involving the community. Approaches mentioned for reaching out to adolescents included involving parents, using social media, and offering education in schools. Furthermore, the providers highlighted to involve the males in family planning.

Conclusions

Health care providers emphasized the importance to discuss and eradicate the myths and misconceptions among adolescents regarding different family planning methods by education in school and information in sexual and reproductive health.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 21, p. 15-20
Keywords [en]
Adolescents Family planning Contraception Reproductive health
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383462DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2019.05.001ISI: 000485335500004PubMedID: 31395228OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-383462DiVA, id: diva2:1316062
Available from: 2019-05-15 Created: 2019-05-15 Last updated: 2019-10-31Bibliographically approved

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