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Bring Back the Tubal: An Intervention to Provide Postpartum Bilateral Tubal Ligation in the Underserved Population

Purpose: Improve educational awareness and receptiveness to the PPBTL procedure.

 

Background: 50% of women requesting a PPBTL undergo the procedure. Barriers exist to obtain the PPBTL, including lack of available operating rooms and concern for patient regret. Half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended, occurring disproportionately higher in low-income and minority populations. Children resulting from unintended pregnancies are at risk for poor health outcomes including low birth weight and developmental delay. Additionally, the U.S. financial burden of unintended pregnancy accounted for approximately 21 billion dollars in 2010.

 

Methods: A retrospective chart review was conducted from 2015-2016 to document the baseline prevalence of PPBTLs performed at IFMC. Educational sessions with pre- and post-session questionnaires were conducted for departments of OB/GYN, Anesthesia, and Nursing. Data was collected from April 2017 - April 2018 regarding patients desiring the procedure, those completing the procedure, and reasons for unsuccessful procedure completion. A pre-post comparison was performed to assess the impact of the educational sessions and the overall prevalence of PPBTLs.

 

Results: Fifty-one multidisciplinary staff members at IFMC participated in the educational sessions. All departments showed significant improvement in knowledge of the PPBTL (OB/GYN p=0.0117, Anesthesia p=0.0002, Nursing p=0.0001). A baseline prevalence of three PPBTLs were performed from 2015-2016, which increased to fifty-six from 2017-2018. Comparing pre-post intervention, the percentage of PPBTLs requested and ultimately performed increased from 39% to 60%.

 

Discussions: Targeted multidisciplinary educational sessions were effective in identifying barriers and increasing educational awareness. Overall, this resulted in increased access to and performance of sterilization in the underserved population.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Student, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Patient Care, Professionalism, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME, Quality & Safety, Team-Based Learning, Advocacy, Contraception or Family Planning,

General Information


Intended
Audience
Student,Resident,Faculty,Residency Director,
Competencies
Addressed
Patient Care,Professionalism,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
Educational
Continuum
GME,
Educational
Focus
Quality & Safety,Team-Based Learning,Advocacy,
Clinical Focus
Contraception or Family Planning,

Author Information

Eva Welch, MD, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus; Mary Lindberg, DO; Francine McLeod, MD; Donald Mauney, MD

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