Developing family planning services for female chronic mentally ill outpatients

Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1992 May;43(5):475-8. doi: 10.1176/ps.43.5.475.


The family planning needs of chronic mentally ill women outpatients, many of whom do not use contraceptives and are at high risk for unwanted pregnancies, have been rarely addressed. Taking a thorough sexual history is the first step in assessing patients' need for family planning services. Patient education, including instruction about physiological processes and contraceptive methods and assertiveness training, is the most important service component. Offering family planning services in the mental health center has many advantages, including better communication between mental health care providers and family planning specialists about patients' special needs and enhanced opportunities for integrating family planning with other programs such as parenting classes, substance abuse treatment, and services for preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / prevention & control
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / psychology
  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Community Mental Health Centers*
  • Family Planning Services / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Education
  • United States