112 Reducing Pregnancy Rates In Teenagers

Moderator. CHAMBERS Ruth, Staffordshire University, England, email: r.chambers@staffs.ac.uk
Aim: To explore ways that family doctors can contribute to reducing teenage pregnancy rates.
Design of workshop:
short presentation (15 - 20 minutes) followed by parallel discussions of key areas that have the potential to contribute to action to reduce teenage pregnancy rates - as small groups (30 minutes). Reports of tips and techniques in each of three parallel small groups (20 minutes).
(a) Presentation
Brief review of the extent of the problem in Europe and beyond, the causes and issues in relation to teenage pregnancy. What family doctors can do and what governments could do. Exploring family doctors' potential input by:
i) listening to and incorporating young people's perspectives
ii) working with others in social care, education and local government on local initiatives
iii) influencing young people's risk taking.
(b) Small groups
i) How to hear and respond to young people's views
ii) Family doctors working with other 'partners' to make contraceptive and other advice/help services more appropriate to young people's needs
iii) Influencing young people to desist from risk taking.
Dissemination of learning from workshop: Who will do what, how and when?