DOI: 10.1177/21695067231192873; PMCID: PMC10782179
Ensuring women and birthing people have access to the contraceptive of their choice is essential for patient-centered care, health equity, and reproductive justice. While trends in national data in the United States reveal racial disparities in long-term contraceptive use, health-system and hospital-level investigations are essential to understand disparities and encourage interventions. We used data from 5011 patients who delivered at a large academic hospital to determine the effect of race/ethnicity and social vulnerability index (SVI) on the odds of undergoing a long-term contraceptive procedure. Results indicate that SVI substantially affects the odds of long-term contraception for non-Hispanic White women and birthing people. In contrast, Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black women and birthing people have significantly higher odds of undergoing a long-term contraceptive procedure due to race/ethnicity. Contributions to these disparities may be based on factors including healthcare providers, organizational and external policies. Interventions at all levels of care are essential to address disparities in contraceptive care, outcomes, and patient experience.
Proc Hum Factors Ergon Soc Annu Meet
Contraception; Health Equity; Health System; Long-term Contraceptives; Maternal Care; Racial/Ethnic Disparities
Akintunde T, Howard J, Wilson D, et al. Racial and ethnic disparities in long-term contraception use among the birthing population at an academic hospital in the Southeastern United States. Proc Hum Factors Ergon Soc Annu Meet. 2023;67(1):609-613. doi:10.1177/21695067231192873