Table 3

Summary of advantages and disadvantages of different counselling intervention types

Counselling intervention typeConsultation lengthProvider timeOther staff timeTime efficiencyInitial cost to facilityMaintenance cost to facilityEase of updateStandardised interventionTailoring to clientImpact on other provider performanceEase of useEase of access to women and follow-upImmediate contraceptive initiationProvide time to women for reflection
Digital decision-making tools↑/↓↑/↓
Provider training (counselling and other)↑/↓↑/↓↑/↓↑/↓
Structured counselling on side effects↑/↓
Telephone counselling↑/↓↑/↓
Video counselling↑/↓
Group counselling
Antenatal/immediate postpartum counselling↑/↓↑/↓↑/↓↑/↓↑/↓↑/↓
Postpartum counselling at 4–6 weeks↑/↓↑/↓
Pre-abortion counselling↑/↓↑/↓↑/↓↑/↓
Counselling during abortion consultation↑/↓↑/↓↑/↓
Patient coaching↑/↓↑/↓↑/↓
Systematic counselling↑/↓
Husband/partner counselling
Community-based↑/↓↑/↓↑/↓
  • Advantages and disadvantages as reported by study authors and assessed by systematic review authors. ↑ Increase. ↓ Decrease. Advantages in green and disadvantages in red. ↑/↓ Potential advantage or disadvantage depending on setting. Empty cells mean no advantages/disadvantages reported or not applicable.