Contraception UpdateContraceptive Counseling Best Practices to Ensure Quality Communication and Enable Effective Contraceptive UseDEHLENDORF, CHRISTINE MD, MAS*; KRAJEWSKI, COLLEEN MD, MPH†; BORRERO, SONYA MD, MS‡Author Information *Departments of Family & Community Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California †Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Magee-Women’s Hospital ‡Center for Research on Health Care, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Supported by grants K23HD067197 (C.D.) and R21HD068736-01A1 (S.B.) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NICHD or the National Institutes of Health. The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose. Correspondence: Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS, Departments of Family & Community Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. E-mail: [email protected] Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: December 2014 - Volume 57 - Issue 4 - p 659-673 doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000059 Buy Metrics Abstract Improving the quality of contraceptive counseling is one strategy to prevent unintended pregnancy. We identify aspects of relational and task-oriented communication in family planning care that can assist providers in meeting their patients’ needs. Approaches to optimizing women’s experiences of contraceptive counseling include working to develop a close, trusting relationship with patients and using a shared decision-making approach that focuses on eliciting and responding to patient preferences. Providing counseling about side effects and using strategies to promote contraceptive continuation and adherence can also help optimize women’s use of contraception. Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.