2002 Interventions to reduce unintended pregnancies among adolescents

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<hide> <let name=data index=Date>2002</let> <let name=data index=Authors>\Alba DiCenso\Gordon Guyatt\A Willan\L Griffith</let> <let name=data index=Source>BMJ</let> <let name=data index=Topics>\sex education\science/studies/results\science/papers</let> <let name=data index=URL>http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/324/7351/1426#SEC2</let> <let name=data index=Title>Interventions to reduce unintended pregnancies among adolescents: systematic review of randomised controlled trials</let> <let name=data index=TitlePlain>Interventions to reduce unintended pregnancies among adolescents</let>

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  • Objective: To review the effectiveness of primary prevention strategies aimed at delaying sexual intercourse, improving use of birth control, and reducing incidence of unintended pregnancy in adolescents.
  • Data sources: 12 electronic bibliographic databases, 10 key journals, citations of relevant articles, and contact with authors.
  • Study selection: 26 trials described in 22 published and unpublished reports that randomised adolescents to an intervention or a control group (alternate intervention or nothing).

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  • Conclusions: Primary prevention strategies evaluated to date do not delay the initiation of sexual intercourse, improve use of birth control among young men and women, or reduce the number of pregnancies in young women.

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