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Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública

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Abstract

HOHMANN, Heather Lyn; CREMER, Miriam L.; GONZALEZ, Enrique  and  MAZA, Mauricio. Knowledge and attitudes about intrauterine devices among women's health care providers in El Salvador. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.3, pp. 198-202. ISSN 1020-4989.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892011000300008.

In order to gain an understanding of Salvadoran health care providers' clinical knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward the intrauterine device (IUD), Ministry of Health providers completed a self-administered, anonymous survey. Surveys were completed by 135 participants. The majority (94.7% and 97.0%) agreed the IUD is a safe and effective form of contraception. Only 46.6% of participants had ever received training in IUD placement, and 32.0% of them had ever inserted more than 10 IUDs. The majority of providers (54.2%) believed that the IUD was associated with a higher rate of infection than is described in the literature. Lack of formal training and knowledge about persistent infection rates associated with IUDs may contribute to low IUD placement by Salvadoran providers. Health care providers surveyed are open to learning more about the IUD and sharing the information with their patients.

Keywords : Intrauterine devices; health knowledge, attitudes, practice; El Salvador.

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