Knowledge about emergency contraception among family-planning providers in urban Ghana

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2011 Jul;114(1):64-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2011.01.024. Epub 2011 May 2.

Abstract

Objective: To assess the theoretical and practical knowledge about emergency contraception (EC) among family-planning (FP) providers in Ghana and to examine the association between FP providers' theoretical and practical knowledge.

Methods: Data on 600 FP providers were collected through a census of facilities offering FP services in Kumasi, Ghana, in 2008. Nested linear multivariate regression analysis was used to identify sociodemographic, facility-related, and work-related variables associated with FP providers' theoretical and practical knowledge about EC.

Results: On average, FP providers gave 4.1 correct answers to the 11 questions assessing theoretical knowledge and 5.6 correct answers to the 8 questions assessing their practical ability to provide EC. The FP providers seemed to learn provision-related aspects through practice without having a particularly good theoretical knowledge on EC as a contraceptive method. The health sector in which FP providers worked, their education and having received EC-specific training, the number of services offered, and the number of women seen during a week were all significant correlates of both theoretical and practical knowledge about EC. The 2 knowledge domains were significantly and positively associated.

Conclusion: There is need to improve knowledge about EC among FP providers in Ghana through in-service training.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Contraceptives, Postcoital / therapeutic use*
  • Family Planning Services*
  • Female
  • Ghana
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Urban Health Services
  • Young Adult

Substances

  • Contraceptives, Postcoital