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Disparities Persist in Contraceptive Knowledge

Contraception; ePub 2017 Mar 18; Rosenfeld, et al

Contraceptive knowledge is suboptimal among women veterans served by the Veteran Affairs (VA) healthcare system, especially among racial/ethnic minority women, a recent study found. Data was analyzed from a national survey of 2,302 women veterans aged 18 to 44 years who had received care within VA in the prior 12 months. Researchers found:

  • Contraceptive knowledge was low among all study participants.
  • Black and Hispanic women had lower knowledge scores than whites in nearly all knowledge domains.
  • Black women were significantly less likely to answer correctly 15 of the 20 knowledge survey items, and Hispanic women were significantly less likely to answer correctly 11 of the 20 items, when compared to white women.

The authors noted that improving women’s knowledge about important aspects of available contraceptive methods may help women better select and effectively use contraception.


Rosenfeld E. Callegari LS, Sileanu FE, et al. Racial and ethnic disparities in contraceptive knowledge among women veterans in the ECUUN Study. [Published online ahead of print March 18, 2017]. Contraception. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2017.03.008.