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Contraception. 2006 Jun;73(6):628-33. Epub 2006 Mar 29.

The impact of clinician education on IUD uptake, knowledge and attitudes: results of a randomized trial.

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  • 1Family Health International, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA. dhubacher@fhi.org



Many ministries of health worldwide would like to increase use of the intrauterine device (IUD) since it is very safe, effective and inexpensive to provide. Efforts to stimulate interest in the method have not been rigorously tested.


A randomized trial was conducted among 40 clinics in Nicaragua to test the impact of medical education on both IUD uptake and on provider knowledge/attitude toward the method. Two types of interventions were used: face-to-face medical training/education of providers and/or provision of an IUD checklist to help clinicians assess the medical eligibility of clients.


The interventions had no impact on uptake of the IUD or on provider knowledge/attitude.


While medical education and job tools (such as a checklist) for providers are indispensable for ensuring quality care, they may not be adequate to stimulate interest in the IUD on the part of clients.

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