What is it about?
In this study, we investigated how provider-patient interactions (such as medical appointments) impede women's access to contraception. In particular, we highlight how conflicting knowledge bases (namely women's embodied knowledge versus providers' biomedical knowledge) that inform these appointments give rise to contraceptive barriers. Importantly, both the dominance of providers’ knowledge and their concurrent, sincere belief in patient-centered care may lead providers to believe they have a partnership with women; their more biomedical goals of efficacy and ease of use are prioritized, while women’s objectives are minimized, all while providers express commitment to their stated philosophies that patients come first.
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Why is it important?
Such a dynamic means that women's needs remain unaddressed, leading to a lack of adequate medical care, serving as a barrier to contraceptive use.
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This page is a summary of: “This is what the truth is”: Provider-patient interactions serving as barriers to contraception, Health An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health Illness and Medicine, October 2020, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1363459320969775.
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