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Stud Fam Plann. 2012 Dec;43(4):305-14. doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4465.2012.00328.x.

Impact of a provider job aid intervention on injectable contraceptive continuation in South Africa.

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Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, FHI 360, 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA. jbaumgartner@fhi360.org

Abstract

Arriving late for scheduled contraceptive reinjections is common in many countries and contributes to discontinuation when providers are unsure how to manage such clients. A clinic-randomized cohort and cross-sectional study with more than 5,000 clients using injectable contraceptives was conducted in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa to test the effectiveness of a provider job aid for managing late-returning clients and promoting continued use of the method. A marginally significant difference in reinjection rates between intervention and control groups was found for those up to two weeks late, and reanalysis excluding one clinic that experienced stockout issues revealed a significant difference. The difference in reinjection rates for those 2-12 weeks late was also found to be significant. The one-reinjection cycle continuation rate for the intervention group was higher than that for the control group, but the difference was not statistically significant. Appropriate management of late-returning clients is critical, and this study illustrates that reinjection rates can be significantly increased with a low-resource provider job aid.

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