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Assessment of the awareness and usages of family planning methods in the Lebanese community

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dc.contributor.author El Khoury, Ghada
dc.contributor.author Salameh, Pascale
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-10T11:19:55Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-10T11:19:55Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2515-2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/11697
dc.description.abstract Background Worldwide, one in three women has unmet family planning (FP) needs because of difficulties in accessing or using contraceptives. In Lebanon, information from the scientific literature on the national prevalence of contraceptive use appears scarce. Objective In view of this, we measured the current Lebanese national prevalence of FP methods’ uptake among women and men of reproductive age, and we assessed barriers for potential unmet need. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional survey on a nationally representative sample of 825 married women (aged 15–49 years) and men of reproductive age (aged 18+ years). We used the validated Demographic & Health Survey (DHS) data collection tool and analysed data with SPSS Version 22.0 with p values <0.05 considered statistically significant. Results We found that the current prevalence of contraceptive use is 55.6%, the unmet need is 11.4%, the total demand for FP is 67% and the percentage of satisfied demand for FP is 83%. Despite favourable knowledge of and access to FP methods as well as positive attitudes towards FP; there is a clear stagnation in the rate of contraception use over the past four decades. The identified major factors hindering the use of FP methods in Lebanon appear to be religion, age and lower educational levels. Conclusion We suggest the implementation of effective interventions at the national level to promote and encourage the uptake of modern FP methods among couples. The latter will further promote maternal and child health, as well as empower women to fulfil their equal function in society. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Assessment of the awareness and usages of family planning methods in the Lebanese community en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOP en_US
dc.author.idnumber ghada.khoury@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.author.department Pharmacy Practice en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health en_US
dc.journal.volume 45 en_US
dc.journal.issue 4 en_US
dc.article.pages 269-274 en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjsrh-2018-200067 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation El Khoury, G., & Salameh, P. (2019). Assessment of the awareness and usages of family planning methods in the Lebanese community. BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health, 45(4), 269-274. en_US
dc.author.email 200104046 en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url https://srh.bmj.com/content/45/4/269.abstract en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7642-4833 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US


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