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Revista de Saúde Pública

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ESPEJO, Ximena et al. Knowledge adequacy on contraceptives among women in Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2003, vol.37, n.5, pp. 583-590. ISSN 0034-8910.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102003000500006.

OBJECTIVE: An analysis of secondary data was carried out to evaluate the knowledge adequacy on contraceptives and its association with socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. METHODS: The sample consisted of 472 women from the city of Campinas, state of São Paulo, Brazil. Chi-square test was used to evaluate differences among variables and logistic regression was performed to identify independent variables associated with knowledge adequacy (evaluated through a score). RESULTS: Of the total, 47.6% women reached a score higher than six, which was classified as an adequate knowledge on contraceptives. Higher schooling and better socioeconomic status were associated to higher scores of knowledge. CONCLUSIONS: The results show that it is necessary to improve women's education in general, and on contraceptive methods specifically. In addition, professionals working in public health services should be capacitated to provide contraceptives as well as adequate information on contraceptive methods.

Keywords : Contraception; Knowledge, attitudes, practice; Women's health [socioeconomic factors]; Health education; Women's health services.

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