Patient satisfaction and the impact of written material about postpartum contraceptive decisions

Lisa K. Johnson, Alison Edelman, Jeffrey Jensen

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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of written educational material about patient satisfaction and decision-making regarding postpartum contraception. STUDY DESIGN: Baseline patient satisfaction and effectiveness of contraceptive counseling on a postpartum unit was evaluated with the use of a self-administered questionnaire. Data were compared with patients who received additional comprehensive written educational material during their postpartum hospitalization. RESULTS: A total of 109 women participated in the study (control subjects, 53; intervention group, 56). Demographics and patient satisfaction with contraceptive counseling were similar between groups. Thirty-four percent of the control subjects reported having received some sort of written information; all women in the intervention group received a standardized comprehensive booklet of information during their postpartum stay (P < .01). Among the women who received written information, the intervention group was more likely to state that written material contributed to their ultimate choice in birth control (P < .01). CONCLUSION: The postpartum distribution of written material about contraceptive options increases a woman's ability to make an informed decision regarding birth control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1202-1204
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2003


  • Contraception
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Postpartum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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