Interventions to improve the person-centered quality of family planning services: a narrative review

Reprod Health. 2018 Aug 28;15(1):144. doi: 10.1186/s12978-018-0592-6.


Person-centered care, a key component of quality of care, is receiving increased attention for maternal and reproductive health. While many interventions have aimed to improve person-centered care for family planning, there is no known narrative review of person-centered-focused interventions in family planning and the outcomes of these interventions. This narrative review fills this gap by conducting a rigorous analysis of interventions that address person-centered care and measure family planning related outcomes, including quality, knowledge and use/continuation. The search of the published and grey literature, from 1990 to 2015 identified 5530 papers, of which 25 were ultimately included in the analysis (after exclusion criteria was applied). We grouped these interventions under seven domains of person-centered care: dignity, autonomy, privacy/confidentiality, communication, social support, supportive care, and trust. We find that person-centered interventions had high success in improving perceptions of quality and knowledge of family planning among clients; however, results were less consistent in improving family planning uptake and continuation. These findings will help program and policy makers develop interventions that incorporate person-centered components to have the highest likelihood for success in improving clients' experiences and family planning use.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Communication
  • Confidentiality
  • Family Planning Services / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Patient-Centered Care / standards*
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Personhood
  • Pregnancy
  • Quality Improvement*
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Social Support
  • Trust