Video Media in Clinic Waiting Areas Increases Interest in Most Effective Contraceptive Methods
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OBJECTIVE: To examine the utility of a patient-level information video as part of the contraception consultation visit. Specifically, to assess the impact of the video on women's contraception choice, and, further, to assess patient and provider acceptability of incorporating the video into the patient visit. METHODS: A pre-post study design was used to assess the impact on patients' contraceptive choices and knowledge. Participants (n = 49) answered questions regarding contraceptive preferences and knowledge of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), then watched a 12-minute patient-level counselling video that presented evidence-based information about contraception in descending order of effectiveness. Clinicians (n = 39) also viewed the video and completed a survey. A retrospective chart review of 100 contraception visits was completed. RESULTS: Patient preference for IUDs increased significantly, whereas condoms decreased pre-to-post video (hormonal: 8.2% to 20.4%; copper: 0% to 16%; condoms: 32.7% to 18%, P < 0.05). Although 74.4% of clinicians believed that the hormonal IUD was the "ideal" form of contraception when no contraindications were present, 95% stated that the oral contraceptive pill was most often prescribed, and a chart review revealed that the oral contraceptive pill was discussed at 88% of contraceptive counselling visits. Both patients and clinicians found the video useful and acceptable. CONCLUSION: A patient-level contraceptive information video improved interest in LARC. Both patients and clinicians viewed the video as an acceptable addition to the contraceptive counselling visit.