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November 4, 1974

A Government-Supported Family Planning Program: Its Development and Evaluation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Dr. Thompson), University of Colorado Medical Center, and the Obstetrical and Gynecological Service (Dr. Thompson and Ms Berris), Denver General Hospital, Denver.

JAMA. 1974;230(5):709-712. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240050037022

A federally funded family planning program was set up for a low-socioeconomic community in a large city. The emphasis was placed on better emotional and physical health rather than on control of population growth. The program was based on neighborhood health centers staffed by professional and auxiliary personnel. Allied medical health workers provided information on birth control methods, venereal disease, and other related topics. The program, along with other contributing factors, resulted in a decrease in birth rate and neonatal and perinatal mortality.

(JAMA 230:709-712, 1974)