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The purpose of this study is to increase the initiation and continuation of highly effective contraceptive use while incarcerated and upon release, as well as decrease unsafe sexual activity.
Unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections are important and costly public health problems in the United States resulting from unprotected sexual activity. Women with a history of incarceration are at increased risk for these problems given the high rates of substance abuse and commercial sex work in this population. This proposal is designed to evaluate an innovative intervention Motivational Interviewing with Computer Assistance (MICA) designed to improve contraceptive use for incarcerated women who do not want a pregnancy and are soon to be released into the community. We will utilize the Title X program which, in conjunction with RI Department of Corrections (RI DOC), provides reproductive health services in jail and then transitional services in the community after release. We plan to recruit 400 women from the RI DOC women's jail and randomize them to two interventions: two sessions of personalized MICA or two sessions of Didactic Educational Counseling (DEC), both delivered individually by trained counselors. The two counseling interventions will be similar in length and timing, but will vary in content, counseling style and the individualized computer generated feedback that is reviewed with the counselor.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Motivational Interviewing, Didactic Educational Counseling
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:13:21-0400
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