Careful counsel: Management of unintended pregnancy
Article first published online: 3 NOV 2009
© 2009 The Author. Journal compilation © 2009 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 21, Issue 11, pages 596–602, November 2009
How to Cite
O'Reilly, M. (2009), Careful counsel: Management of unintended pregnancy. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 21: 596–602. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2009.00450.x
- Issue published online: 3 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 3 NOV 2009
- Received: May 2007;accepted: January 2009
- Unintended pregnancy;
- pregnancy options counseling;
Purpose: To provide a guideline for the care of women with unintended pregnancies, highlight the magnitude of unintended pregnancy, identify the demographic population at highest risk, offer assessment and diagnostic information, and describe the importance and practice of comprehensive, nondirective pregnancy options counseling, including information on abortion, adoption, and parenthood.
Data sources: Extensive literature review of government publications, professional clinical, nursing, and medical journals and textbooks.
Conclusions: The practice of counseling women and couples in a nondirective manner and providing comprehensive overview of options is paramount and should be the standard practice for all clinicians, especially within organizations funded by Title X funds.
Implications for practice: As we strive toward diligent patient advocacy, it is essential that NPs implement and endorse the ethical provision of options counseling through promoting values clarification and continuing education.