Finding the best fit: a grounded theory of contraceptive decision making in women.

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PROBLEM: Half of the pregnancies in the United States that occur annually are unintended, and of these, half occur among women using contraceptives. METHODS: Interviews with 16 women,field notes, and memos were analyzed using constant comparative analysis and the methods of open, axial, and selective coding were used until saturation occurred. FINDINGS: The core category that describes the process of contraceptive decision making in women is "finding the best fit." Women choose a method or methods to prevent pregnancy based on their knowledge, experience, and evaluation of what would be the best fit within the context of their current life situation. CONCLUSIONS: It is important that nurses obtain a thorough contraceptive history, and realize that women may have different perceptions and knowledge level of methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-24
Number of pages12
JournalNursing forum
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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