It’s been nearly a year since I submitted the final draft of my master’s thesis. I reflected on the process today and decided to release the final draft. At the time it was an immense source of stress on top of a busy clinical year in the middle of a pandemic. Looking back on it, I’m thankful for the opportunity and the learning experience that it was. I’m also hopeful that my work can help influence others for good. I’m thankful to Professor Applegate for her guidance in the process and my family for their much needed mental and emotional support.
I chose to write my thesis paper on misinformation and dogma in contraception because of my experiences in clinical rotations and talking to patients and friends about their experiences related to obtaining contraception from providers. I initially intended to do original research and send out surveys to clinicians across the country to gauge the extent of misinformation and dogmas among providers. Unfortunately, 2020 had other plans for me in the form of COVID-19. The review board was no longer meeting/approving research and I couldn’t conduct surveys without their approval. With the deadline looming I chose to opt for a literature review. The results were shocking. The extent of misinformation and dogmas among providers in the US is staggering. The effect on access, especially among the medically underserved community is heartbreaking. My hope is that this research can in some way help dispel these myths and contribute to better reproductive health access in the US. Please take the time to read and share this paper especially if you are a healthcare provider involved in primary care or reproductive health.
— David Nichols, MS-PAS, PA-CContinue reading