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Barrier Methods

Learning Goals

Contraceptive technology is an evolving, dynamic and ever-changing subject. To offer high quality services and care, policy-makers, administrators and providers of contraceptive services need to remain abreast of current information and practices. Unfortunately, there exists a significant gap between knowledge gained through research and the application of those findings in everyday practice. The purpose of this module is to help close that gap by providing current information to policy-makers, managers and health-care providers. The module provides a core of information that can be adapted as needed for various readers.

This module provides some basic information that will help policy- makers to:

  • gain familiarity with conclusions from current research regarding
    barrier methods
  • review existing guidelines on contraception and initiate revisions or
  • establish appropriate family planning policies and service delivery

The information provided in the module will also help supervisors and clinic managers of family planning services to:

  • extend their knowledge of current research and practices regarding barrier methods
  • informally teach and guide other providers of family planning services in the provision of barrier methods
  • identify obstacles to barrier method use that are due to out-of-date medical beliefs and practices
  • examine and improve the quality of contraceptive care for couples choosing barrier methods.

More specifically, readers who provide direct client services will be able to:

  • describe the key issues surrounding the use of barrier methods, as well as the specific characteristics
  • identify the criteria for advising use and discontinuation of barrier methods
  • help clients manage the use of a barrier method.


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