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  1. Effect of educational leaflets and questions on knowledge of contraception in women taking the combined contraceptive pill : randomised controlled trial.

    Article - En anglais


    To assess whether provision of educational leaflets or questions on contraception improves knowledge of contraception in women taking the combined contraceptive pill.


    Randomisation of women into three groups according to type of educational leaflet on contraceptive information.

    These groups were subdivided into two on the basis of questions on contraception asked by the doctor or practice nurse.

    The women were followed up by postal questionnaire 3 months later.


    15 general practices in South and West region.


    636 women attending check up appointment for repeat prescription of the combined contraceptive pill.

    Main outcome measures 

    Knowledge of : factors causing pill failure, subsequent action, emergency contraception, and all the rules (pill rules) that apply to the contraceptive pill.


    523 women returned completed questionnaires (response rate 82%). Knowledge of contraception with no intervention was low with only 10 (12%) women knowing all the pill rules.

    Educational intervention had a highly significant effect on knowledge of :

    • factors causing pill failure (likelihood ratio X2=22) ;

    • subsequent action (21) ;

    • emergency contraception (24) ;

    • and all the pill rules (22) (P<0.01 in all cases).

    Improvement in knowledge of all the pill rules occurred with provision of the leaflet (28% knew all the rules, adjusted odds ratio 4.04,95% confidence interval 1.68 to 9.75), the Family Planning Association's leaflet (27%, 3.43,1. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Contraception, Voie orale, Pilule, Question réponse, Politique information, Programme éducatif, Connaissance, Royaume Uni, Europe, Education santé, Evaluation performance, Femelle, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Contraception, Oral administration, Pill, Question answering, Information policy, Educational schedule, Knowledge, United Kingdom, Europe, Health education, Performance evaluation, Female, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0321903

    Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 27/11/1998.