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Reproductive health services: A missed opportunity in VA primary care?

Quinn DA, Sileanu FE, Borrero S, Callegari LS. Reproductive health services: A missed opportunity in VA primary care? Contraception. 2023 Apr 1; 120:109957.

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Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: Integration of reproductive health services into comprehensive primary care is increasingly viewed as a strategy to address service gaps and improve patient-centered care. We assess receipt of contraceptive and prepregnancy health counseling among pregnancy-capable Veterans within Veterans Affairs (VA) primary care. STUDY DESIGN: Data are from 1076 participants in a nationally representative, cross-sectional survey of women Veterans ages 18 to 45 with an overall survey response rate of 28%. Descriptive analyses and chi square tests of association were performed. RESULTS: Only 44% of pregnancy-capable Veterans reported receiving any contraceptive and/or prepregnancy care from a VA primary care provider in the past year. CONCLUSIONS: Although VA guidelines include reproductive services as a core component of primary care, additional efforts may be needed to promote routine provision of this care in practice.





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