Smythe, Kara

Smythe, Kara
Start date:
September 2022
Research Topic:
Exploring the experience and use of long-acting reversible contraception among vulnerable population
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Honor Young and Gareth Thomas
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Wales
External Sponsor:
Public Health Wales

Exploring the uptake and provision of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) among ‚Äėvulnerable‚Äô groups: a mixed-methods study

This project focuses specifically on ethnic groups which are minoritised in Wales, and explores their experience in of accessing and using Long-Acting Reversible Contraception methods. It will employ a mixed-methods approach, with quantitative work that analyses use of LARC as reported in clinical records, both currently and over time. A survey component may also be included. The qualitative work hopes to examine the experience of LARC use among ‘vulnerable’ groups through semi-structured interviews/focus groups, both from a provider and user perspective. I hope to ground this work in the tenets of reproductive justice, while drawing on a feminist epistemology.