Programmatic Factors in Contraceptive Use-Effectiveness: Lessons Learned from Operations Research

  • John W. Townsend
Part of the Reproductive Biology book series (RBIO)


Family planning programs are organized efforts to provide individuals and couples with information, supplies, and services to control their fertility. Given the high theoretical effectiveness of most modern methods, the introduction of a new contraceptive technology provides only marginal gains in effectiveness. Major impacts, however, are possible in extending appropriate use, through greater continuation and wider acceptance (Berelson, 1976). The principal operational goals for a new contraceptive technology, then, are greater acceptance and use-effectiveness, taking into account all the deficiencies in the ways that a method is delivered and actually used.


Family Planning Oral Contraceptive Contraceptive Method American Public Health Association Family Planning Service 
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