Shared Decision Making in Contraceptive Counseling

December 15, 2015


The relationship between providers and patients is important to maintain good health. Communication is a crucial factor that can affect outcomes such as preventive care, in terms of contraception options and medication adherence. This relationship is essential to providing information about diagnoses and treatment plans, as well as ensuring that patients are staying well-informed and supported.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evidence for shared decision making in contraceptive counseling
  • Best practices for engaging in shared decision making with clients choosing a contraceptive method
  • Potential provider biases that may influence contraceptive counseling and the role of shared decision making in addressing these biases
  • Solutions to potential barriers to the implementation of shared decision making, including limited time in the clinical encounter


Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS