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Demand for surgical sterilization among patients in a district maternity hospital
  1. L. J. Opit,
  2. Mary E. Brennan
  1. Health Services Research Centre, Medical School, University of Birmingham, B15 2TJ

    Abstract

    In a large district maternity hospital 1,079 women patients were interviewed about the perceived need for surgical sterilization. Of the patients interviewed 3·7% had been booked for this procedure and a further 8·7% expressed a desire to undergo sterilization at the time of interview. This wish was not limited to European women but was frequently expressed among the immigrant groups.

    A sample of patients' husbands, contacted by means of a questionnaire about vasectomy, revealed that 10·7% of the sample of 262 replying would request immediate vasectomy if this were available. Some implications for planning any extension of these services are discussed.

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