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Exploring adolescents’ current sources and learning preferences about contraception in a US paediatric emergency department
  1. Tatyana Vayngortin1,
  2. Diane Tanaka2,3,
  3. Deborah Liu3,4,
  4. Tracey Wilkinson5
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Oakland, California, USA
  2. 2Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
  3. 3Keck USC School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA
  4. 4Division of Emergency Medicine and Transport, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
  5. 5Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Health Services Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tatyana Vayngortin, Department of Emergency Medicine, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Oakland, CA 94609, USA; tanyavayngortin{at}gmail.com

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In the USA, adolescents who seek care in emergency departments have been shown to be a group at increased risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections because of misuse or non-use of contraception.1 Schools are often their traditional source of sexual health education, but school curricula vary greatly, are not always medically accurate, and may focus on abstinence-only education.2 In addition, adolescents are less likely to have primary care providers and thus may miss opportunities to receive contraceptive counselling,the emergency department being their only contact with a clinician.1 Several studies have shown that adolescent females are interested in being educated about contraception in emergency departments.3 4 We assessed male and female adolescents’ current and most trusted sources of contraception education, as well as their interest and preferences for contraception education in the emergency department.

We surveyed a convenience sample of English-speaking adolescents aged 14–21 …

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