Background: Shared decision making (SDM) is a potentially valuable but underexplored approach to contraceptive counseling.
Methods: We determined the correlation between patient report of SDM and of whether their provider had a method preference with measures of satisfaction.
Results: Women reporting SDM were more likely to be satisfied with counseling than those reporting a provider-driven decision and were more likely to be satisfied with their method than those reporting a patient-driven decision. Patients who felt that the provider had a method preference were less likely to be satisfied with their method.
Conclusions: SDM in contraceptive counseling is associated with patient satisfaction.
Keywords: Contraception; Counseling; Patient satisfaction; Shared decision making.
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