Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) perceptions research in Leicester

Overcoming barriers and improving service delivery 

With teenage pregnancy rates rising again, encouraging more widespread use of contraception remains a major social policy priority. Since new forms of contraception are becoming more widely available, can research demonstrate how barriers to using them might be overcome?

LARC in Leicester

The overall aim of the project was to undertake research within Leicester City about LARC perceptions and provision. Targeting 16 – 24-year-old females and Health Practitioners working in the Leicester City area, the research would:

  • assess knowledge, attitudes and perceptions towards LARC
  • understand how accessible LARC is
  • provide findings to help inform service delivery and communications activity

Qa devised a mixed methodology approach which used quantitative and qualitative research to explore the LARC issue in great detail. 313 young women aged 16 – 24 were surveyed. The sample was representative by age and ethnicity in the City of Leicester. Twenty young women also took part in focus group discussions, and 17 Health Practitioners were interviewed by telephone.

Tackling myths and misinformation

The findings from our report – which suggests there is the potential to persuade up to two-thirds of young women to use this method in the future – are now informing LARC service delivery across Leicester.

For more details e-mail anne.heaven@qaresearch.co.uk or call 01904 632039