Patricia Aikins Murphy is an associate research scientist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University in New York. She is engaged in research, education, and clinical practice, with a focus on women's health and contraception. In addition, Dr. Murphy has served as associate editor of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health for the past 2 decades.
PUTTING RISK IN PERSPECTIVE: AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH TO SELECTED RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF ORAL CONTRACEPTION
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2001 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 46, Issue 3, pages 190–198, May-June 2001
How to Cite
Murphy, P. A. (2001), PUTTING RISK IN PERSPECTIVE: AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH TO SELECTED RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF ORAL CONTRACEPTION. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 46: 190–198. doi: 10.1016/S1526-9523(01)00113-1
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
Although use of oral contraceptives is an effective way to prevent unintended pregnancy, concerns exist about associated adverse health outcomes. The concept of risk and different approaches to describing risk are discussed, and studies of health risks associated with specific exposures are used to illustrate the differences between relative and absolute risk. Evidence about health risks associated with use of oral contraceptives is presented within the context of population-based risk estimates.