Adolescent access to emergency contraception in A and E departments: reviewing the literature from a feminist perspective

Fallon, D 2003, 'Adolescent access to emergency contraception in A and E departments: reviewing the literature from a feminist perspective' , Journal of Clinical Nursing, 12 (1) , pp. 4-11.

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Recent moves in parts of UK to provide opportunities for 'over the counter' purchasing at pharmacies, has meant that access to emergency oral hormonal contraception for adolescents is undergoing something of a revolution. The provision of emergency contraception (EC) to adolescents in Accident and Emergency (A and E) departments, however, is nothing new and is now an established component of the current government objective to reduce teenage pregnancy rates in this country. The tensions apparent in A and E departments related to the provision of EC, particularly to adolescents, have recently been recognized, but little attention has been paid to analysing the reasons why such tensions might exist. This article is based on a literature review carried out as part of a study of nurses' encounters with adolescents accessing EC in A and E departments in the North-west of England. It is a reappraisal of the salient issues in this arena from a feminist perspective, aiming to provide an alternative with which to view the encounter between adolescents and service providers in A and E.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accident and emergency departments, adolescents, emergency contraception, feminist review
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 09621067
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2007 09:31
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:50

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