Unintended pregnancy in the New Zealand adolescent population could be reduced with improved contraceptive access. Efforts in other countries to reduce adolescent pregnancy rates by improving access to long-acting reversible contraceptive methods have been successful. In applying these findings to the New Zealand context, we proposed a proactive long-acting reversible contraceptive provision model.
To gauge acceptability of a proactive long-acting reversible contraceptive provision program in New Zealand, we consulted with adolescents and general practitioners. Adolescents were consulted within a series of focus groups, and general practitioners were consulted within a series of semi-structured interviews. Focus groups were conducted in high schools and one university residential college, and interviews were conducted at general practitioner practices and via videoconference. Audio from these focus groups and interviews were transcribed, and the transcripts were analyzed using general inductive thematic analysis.
The focus groups and interviews each presented their own challenges, but the data generated were rich and informative. These methods were successful in addressing the research aims.