OP-148 : CONTRACEPTION CHOICES OF NURSES in TURKEY: DOES EDUCATION AFFECT ATTITUDES?

Author(s): 
Serpil Aydin Demirag, Ayfer Gemalmaz, Melih Sahin, Turkey
Text: 
Nurses and midwives are the main counsellor about contraception choices and the main performer of intrauterine devices (IUD) in Turkey. In this study our aims were to investigate the contraception method choices of our nurses and midwives, the satisfaction level and side effects of using these methods.

The target group was the midwives and nurses working in family planning services. Study was told to participants and only volunteers took part. The study was not only based on informed consent but also approved by Trakya University School of Medicine Ethics Committee. An anonymous-based, self-completed questionnaire, including open- and closed-ended questions was applied. Student T, Fishers Exact, chi-square tests and correlation analyses were performed for the statistical analysis. A p value

From 714 midwives-nurses, 648 of them participated in the study (90.8%). The average number of total pregnancies was 1.9±1.3 (0-7). The mean number of abortions was 0.6±0.9 (0-4) and the average number of live births was 1.5±0.8. The most common method was IUD. The main reason for preferring IUD was its safeness. Participants using IUD were older than others and their first pregnancy age was earlier. Participants using condom method were younger than the others and the number of pregnancies and live births were lower.

Knowledge and accessing the methods easily could affect the use and types of contraceptive methods.