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Article: Womens knowledge of and attitudes towards emergency contraception in Hong Kong: questionnaire survey

TitleWomens knowledge of and attitudes towards emergency contraception in Hong Kong: questionnaire survey
Authors
KeywordsContraception
Contraceptives, postcoital
Knowledge, attitudes, practice
Pregnancy, unwanted
Sex behavior
Issue Date1999
PublisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.org
Citation
Hong Kong Medical Journal, 1999, v. 5 n. 4, p. 349-352 How to Cite?
AbstractOBJECTIVE. To study the level of knowledge of and attitude towards emergency contraception in a group of women requesting the termination of pregnancy. DESIGN. Structured questionnaire survey. SETTING. Family Planning Association and university teaching hospital, Hong Kong. PARTICIPANTS. Two hundred women who requested the termination of an unplanned pregnancy between May 1997 and March 1998. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES. Demographic data, basic knowledge of contraception, reasons for terminating the pregnancy, and knowledge and usage of emergency contraception. RESULTS. A sustantial proportion (33.0%) of women was ignorant of the existence of emergency contraception. Only 10.0% of women had used emergency contraception before and only 2.5% had used it in an attempt to prevent this pregnancy. Of the 134 women who knew about emergency contraception, the main reason (41.8%) for not using it was risk-taking behaviour. More nulliparous women (88.5% versus 57.6%; P<0.001) and women younger than 20 years (84.0% versus 61.3%; P<0.01) had heard of emergency contraception. Women who were educated beyond secondary school level (71.0% versus 37.5%; P<0.01) and unmarried women compared with married, cohabiting, or divorced women (87.1% versus 49.5%; P<0.001) were also more likely to have heard of emergency contraception. Women younger than 20 years were more likely to have used this form of birth control in the past (18.0% versus 7.3%; P<0.05). CONCLUSION. There is a need to improve women's education about emergency contraception in Hong Kong.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/53568
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dc.contributor.authorLee, SWHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWai, MFYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLai, LYHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, PCen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-03T07:23:24Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-03T07:23:24Z-
dc.date.issued1999en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Medical Journal, 1999, v. 5 n. 4, p. 349-352en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1024-2708en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/53568-
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE. To study the level of knowledge of and attitude towards emergency contraception in a group of women requesting the termination of pregnancy. DESIGN. Structured questionnaire survey. SETTING. Family Planning Association and university teaching hospital, Hong Kong. PARTICIPANTS. Two hundred women who requested the termination of an unplanned pregnancy between May 1997 and March 1998. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES. Demographic data, basic knowledge of contraception, reasons for terminating the pregnancy, and knowledge and usage of emergency contraception. RESULTS. A sustantial proportion (33.0%) of women was ignorant of the existence of emergency contraception. Only 10.0% of women had used emergency contraception before and only 2.5% had used it in an attempt to prevent this pregnancy. Of the 134 women who knew about emergency contraception, the main reason (41.8%) for not using it was risk-taking behaviour. More nulliparous women (88.5% versus 57.6%; P<0.001) and women younger than 20 years (84.0% versus 61.3%; P<0.01) had heard of emergency contraception. Women who were educated beyond secondary school level (71.0% versus 37.5%; P<0.01) and unmarried women compared with married, cohabiting, or divorced women (87.1% versus 49.5%; P<0.001) were also more likely to have heard of emergency contraception. Women younger than 20 years were more likely to have used this form of birth control in the past (18.0% versus 7.3%; P<0.05). CONCLUSION. There is a need to improve women's education about emergency contraception in Hong Kong.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.orgen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsHong Kong Medical Journal. Copyright © Hong Kong Medical Association.en_HK
dc.subjectContraceptionen_HK
dc.subjectContraceptives, postcoitalen_HK
dc.subjectKnowledge, attitudes, practiceen_HK
dc.subjectPregnancy, unwanteden_HK
dc.subjectSex behavioren_HK
dc.titleWomens knowledge of and attitudes towards emergency contraception in Hong Kong: questionnaire surveyen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1024-2708&volume=5&issue=4&spage=349&epage=352&date=1999&atitle=Womens+knowledge+of+and+attitudes+towards+emergency+contraception+in+Hong+Kong:+questionnaire+surveyen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHo, PC: pcho@hkusub.hku.hken_HK
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK
dc.identifier.pmid10870161en_HK

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