Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorSyahlul, Dyna E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAmir, Lisa H.en_US
dc.identifier.citationSyahlul, D. E. & Amir, L. H. (2005). Do Indonesian medical practitioners approve the availability of emergency contraception over-the-counter? A survey of general practitioners and obstetricians in Jakarta. BMC Women's Health, 5(3).en_US
dc.descriptionThis is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium.en_US
dc.description© 2005 Syahlul and Amir; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at:
dc.description.abstractBackground: Few studies have examined the attitude of medical practitioners towards the availability of emergency contraception (EC) without prescription. In Indonesia, EC (either Yuzpe regimen or Postinor-2) is available by prescription only. We aimed to examine the level of knowledge, attitudes and practices of medical practitioners in Indonesia about EC, in particular their attitudes to the availability of EC over-the-counter (OTC), using a questionnaire. Methods: Data were collected by an anonymous structured questionnaire. Questionnaires were distributed to general practitioners in 36 Community Health Centres and 25 private clinics using stratified random sampling according to area in Jakarta, and to obstetricians practicising in 24 government and private hospitals and eight private clinics in Jakarta. Two hundred and five general practitioners and 142 obstetricians and gynaecologists participated; overall response rate was 75%. Results: Although most participants were familiar with EC, only 22% received a very good knowledge score (4 or 5/5 answers correct), while 52% received a poor score (0–2/5 correct). Most participants did not support the OTC availability of EC (70%). Logistic regression identified that participants who prescribed EC had an Odds of 3.8 (95% CI 1.90, 7.73) of approving OTC EC, after adjustment for age and speciality. Conclusion: Although many organisations are working towards OTC availability of EC, it needs to be recognized and addressed that doctors who do not prescribe EC are unlikely to support the increased availability of EC.en_US
dc.subjectwomen's healthen_US
dc.subjectreproductive healthen_US
dc.subjectpost natal mental healthen_US
dc.subjectmother's mental healthen_US
dc.titleDo Indonesian medical practitioners approve the availability of emergency contraception over-the-counter? A survey of general practitioners and obstetricians in Jakartaen_US
dc.typeJournal (Paginated)en_US
melbourne.peerreviewPeer Revieweden_US
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMedicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences: Key Centre for Women's Health in Societyen_US
melbourne.source.titleBMC Women's Healthen_US
melbourne.contributor.authorSYAHLUL, DYNA EVALINA
melbourne.contributor.authorAmir, Lisa
melbourne.accessrightsThis item is currently not available from this repository

Files in this item


There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record