Integrative review: Advance provision of emergency contraception for adolescents

Jehan Marie Adamji, Kathryn Swartwout

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Abstract

Emergency contraception is most effective at preventing unintended pregnancy when taken as early as possible following unprotected sexual intercourse. Advance provision of this medication supports more timely and effective use. In the midst of rising teen pregnancy rates, current policies often limit access to emergency contraception for adolescents. A literature search identified three recent experimental studies of advance provision for adolescents. This article reviews those studies and finds strong support for advance provision for adolescents. Usage of emergency contraception increased with advance provision and there was no increase in negative sexual behaviors or decrease in usage of other contraceptive forms. Implications of these findings for school nurses and school-based health center staff are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-449
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

Keywords

  • collaboration/multidisciplinary teams
  • coordinated school health program
  • health education
  • integrative reviews
  • school-based clinics
  • teen pregnancy/parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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