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The move to integrated contraception and sexual health services: have we forgotten family 'planning'?

Shawe, J, Mann, S and Stephenson, J (2009) The move to integrated contraception and sexual health services: have we forgotten family 'planning'? Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 35 (4). pp. 250-253.

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Recent reorganisation within primary care has seen community ‘family planning’ services become ‘contraception and sexual health’ (CASH) services, many integrating with genitourinary medicine clinics. With this we have seen a decrease in general community contraception clinics with women being asked to access general practitioner (GP) services for their basic contraceptive needs, and a corresponding increase in the development of clinics providing targeted services for specialised contraception and for young people in community settings. Whilst this development has seen benefits in many ways, in contrast to the wide remit of ‘family planning’ clinics in reproductive health, it appears to have focused service delivery firmly on the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and prevention of unintended pregnancies, in line with government guidelines and targets.1 It could be argued that although these are key objectives for CASH services, one crucial aspect of care that now appears to have less emphasis is promotion of pregnancy planning and preconception care.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Health Care
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
Shawe, J
Mann, S
Stephenson, J
Date : October 2009
DOI : 10.1783/147118909789587187
Copyright Disclaimer : ©FSRH
Uncontrolled Keywords : Contraception, Demography, Family Planning Services, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Preconception Care, Reproductive Health Services
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 Nov 2016 08:51
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:55

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