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Increasing access to single-visit contraception in urban health care settings: Findings from a multi-site learning collaborative

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Multiple barriers limit access to the full range of contraceptive options. The purpose of this quality improvement initiative was to increase single-visit access to the full range of contraceptive methods in primary care, postabortion, and immediate postpartum settings in New York City (NYC).

From 2015 to 2018 we convened 2 learning collaboratives, named the Quality Improvement Network for Contraceptive Access, with 17 teams (representing 40 sites) from New York City-based hospitals and health centers using an adaptation of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Breakthrough Series Learning Collaborative model. Participating teams sought to implement evidence-informed recommendations to increase access. The goal was to increase the patient-centeredness of services by reducing barriers. In the absence of a way to directly measure access, we measured progress toward implementation of the 4 recommendations and contraceptive care utilization measures as proxies for access, and asked teams to describe facilitating factors.

Authors: Jennifer Kawatu, Michele Clark, Katie Saul, Katie DeAngelis Quimby, Alzen Whitten, Sharifa Nelson, Kimberly Potter, Deborah L Kaplan

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