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Concern over the number of unwanted pregnancies whilst taking the contraceptive pill prompted the use of a focus group-a quantitative research technique-to examine a range of views held by women of various aspects of the oral contraceptive pill. The aim of this focus group was to ascertain a range of views regarding information patients had acquired about their contraceptive pill. In addition, it sought to establish how they, acquired that information, what sort of information women wished to know and how they would like to obtain it. The women expressed a lack of knowledge regarding fundamental aspects of the pill. It was evident that the women recognised the importance of such issues only once their awareness of these factors was raised. Ideas were presented by the participants as to how health care professionals could improve patient information.


Journal article


British Journal of Family Planning

Publication Date





27 - 29