Survey Profile

A total of 203 providers participated in the 2004 Contraceptive Technology Update Contraception Survey, which monitors contraceptive trends and family planning issues among readers. Results were tallied and analyzed by Thomson American Health Consultants in Atlanta, publisher of CTU and more than 60 other medical newsletters and sourcebooks.

About 55% of responses came from nurse practitioners or registered nurses. Physicians represented 35% of the responses, with allied health professionals and health educators comprising about 4% of the response group. About 6% listed other professions. Some 76% of respondents identified themselves as care providers, with nearly 12% involved in administration.

More than 41% of the respondents said they were employed at public health facilities, with about 29% working in private practice settings. About 11% listed student health centers as their place of employment, with some 8% working in hospitals. The remaining 9% reported employment in other settings.

When it comes to location of their employment, 34% said they worked in an urban setting. About 33% said they were employed in a suburban facility, while 36% listed a rural location.