Choosing and Using Contraceptives: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Family Planning

Philip Cooper
Ian Diamond
Sue High
University of Southampton


In Britain, family planning has for the past two decades been supplied by both specialised family planning clinics and by family doctors and people have had a free choice of source. Under new proposals health commissions will now ask all providers to tender to provide family planning and will award tenders on the basis of quality and cost of provision. This paper describes research aims to help commissions to improve the provision of family planning in Britain; by identifying the services which are most desired by the users of family planning and by assessing the potential for the provision of these services.