Advances in Contraception

, Volume 8, Supplement 1, pp 57–65 | Cite as

Patient education and understanding: A critical review

  • S. R. Killick
Article

Abstract

In the United Kingdom, family planning services are readily available to all women, regardless of economic status. Oral contraceptives play an important role in this effort, yet studies suggest that many patients still do not understand how to use these agents appropriately. Specifically, poor patient compliance is much more prevalent than initially thought. Factors influencing compliance in UK populations include age, socioeconomic group, education, side effects, packaging, and health care delivery. In order for these medications to be effective among various female populations, there is a need for greater emphasis on patient education about oral contraception. Several possible approaches are discussed.

Keywords

Health Care Family Planning Economic Status Oral Contraceptive Critical Review 

Resumé

Au Royaume Uni, les services du planning familial sont ouverts à toutes les femmes quel que soit leur niveau économique. Les contraceptifs oraux jouent un rôle très important dans cet effort bien que des études suggèrent que de nombreuses patientes ne comprennent pas toujours comment utiliser ces produits de façon convenable. Spécialement un faible taux de conformation à la prescription médicale des patientes qui est beaucoup plus importante que prévu. Les facteurs influant sur le taux de conformation à une prescription médicale dans les populations diverses du Royaume Uni incluent l'âge, les groupes sociaux-économiques, les effets secondaires, l'embellage et le nivear de médicalisation. Pour que ces médicaments soient efficaces dans des groupes de femmes variés, il est besoin d'une plus grande information sur la contraception orale. Plusieurs approches possibles sont abordées.

Resumen

En el Reino Unido, los servicios de planificación familiar pueden ser fácilmente utilizados por todas las mujeres, independientemente de su situación económica. A pesar de que los anticonceptivos orales desempeñan un papel importante en este esfuerzo, los estudios realizados sugieren que muchas pacientes continúan sin comprender cómo utilizarlos en forma apropiada. Específicamente, el cumplimiento deficiente de las mujeres es mucho más extendido de lo que se pensaba inicialmente. Los factores que influyen sobre el cumplimiento en los grupos británicos son la edad, categoría socioeconómica, educación, efectos secundarios, empaque y prestación del servicio de atención de la salud. A fin de que estos medicamentos sean eficaces en los diversos grupos de mujeres, es necesario destacar más la educación de las pacientes respecto de los anticonceptivos orales. Se tratan diversos enfoques posibles.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. R. Killick
    • 1
  1. 1.LymmUK

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