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Enhancing shared decision-making in contraceptive consultations
  1. Jayne C Lucke
  1. Director, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, School of Psychology and Public Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jayne C Lucke, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, School of Psychology and Public Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia; j.lucke{at}latrobe.edu.au

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Shared decision-making in discussions between doctors and patients is an important aspect of quality health care. In contraceptive consultations we may assume that there is an obvious shared goal: to ensure that the patient gains access to a safe and effective means to avoid unintended pregnancy. While there have been a number of studies showing what women want from a contraceptive consultation, less attention has been paid to providers' experiences.

The article by Kelly and colleagues1 in this journal issue examines the experiences of 15 doctors in Australia whose current practice focuses on contraception. The article shows that even experienced doctors may be influenced by …

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