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Structured contraceptive counselling- a workshop for student midwives and clinical midwives focusing on informed decision-making on contraceptive methods
 
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Faculty of Health Science, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
 
 
Publication date: 2023-10-24
 
 
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Christina Furskog Risa   

Faculty of Health Science, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
 
 
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A37
 
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Introduction:
The midwife program in Norway is a 2-year post-graduate master's program. Students receive their right to prescribe and administer contraceptives for all women after graduation. There is a need to address women's sexual and reproductive health and rights and heighten women's informed decision-making in contraceptive counselling. Therefore, in this workshop, we invited clinical registered midwives with the student midwives cohort to introduce an evidence-based structured counselling module.

Material and Methods:
The four days' workshops took part in the second semester, and addressed, among many topics, different types of contraceptives. The last part of this week consisted of the structured counselling module, developed, and tested by researchers in the LOWE trial in Stockholm, Karolinska, with promising results. We followed this evidence-based program by viewing an e-module lecture by PhD Niklas Envall. Then we were digitally guided through the program. Finally, the participants simulated a counselling session using the questions and tools described in the LOWE study.

Results:
This workshop was highly rated as significant for student midwives and midwives in gaining competence in informed decision-making processes through an evidence-based program.

Conclusions:
The participants rated the simulation of structured contraceptive counselling as essential to enhancing the competency of informed decision-making about contraceptive methods.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
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