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A comprehensive family planning needs assessment for syringe exchange program participants in Hawaii

Mary Tschann, University of Hawaii

Project abstract

This needs assessment aims to document the family planning services desired by female participants in a syringe-exchange program in Hawaii. This will be the first documented effort to understand the preferences, barriers, and facilitators to family planning in this population with the goal of developing culturally sensitive and non-judgmental clinical services. The investigators will use surveys, interviews, and focus groups to develop a comprehensive framework of family planning needs for women who inject drugs in Hawaii. The findings from this qualitative assessment will be the foundation upon which additional interventions and studies can be conducted to ascertain the most effective and acceptable mechanisms for improving family planning services in this population. Immediate changes in clinical services will be implemented and policy recommendations will be made based on these findings.

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