Effectiveness of contraceptive decision aids in adolescents
Contraceptive decision aids may support adolescents and young adults (AYA) in choosing contraceptive methods that fit their unique reproductive health needs.

The aim was to provide a systematic review of studies examining the effectiveness of contraceptive decision aids in AYA.

A systematic search was conducted. Studies were included if a contraceptive decision aid (i.e., paper handout, mobile application, website, or video) was evaluated in AYA populations in the United States. The primary outcome was decision aid effectiveness.

7 randomized controlled trials and 3 pre/post studies, reporting on 3,725 AYA, met inclusion criteria. The methodologies and results were heterogeneous, but most consistently demonstrated increased contraceptive knowledge.

Ten studies evaluated a range of contraceptive decision aid formats for AYA. Decision aids appear effective at increasing contraceptive knowledge temporarily, but their effect on other contraceptive outcomes is unclear.

Journal of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology
Source: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpag.2021.08.005