The purpose of the Contraception Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) is to identify what people across the sexual and reproductive health community, from both patient and clinical backgrounds, deem to be the most important unanswered research questions in the field of contraception. The Contraception PSP is being led by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH). This is the first time that FSRH has taken a systematic approach to ask women and healthcare professionals what kind of research they think we should be doing into contraceptive care.

As ‘contraception’ spans such an array of topics, for the purpose of this PSP we have decided to view the term ‘contraception’ as encompassing the following concepts:

• Methods of contraception
• Access to contraception
• Information about contraception
• Determinants of method uptake
• Determinants of method continuation

While FSRH is leading on this project it will be independently overseen by the James Lind Alliance (JLA), a non-profit making initiative. The JLA has a democratic process that brings together patients and clinicians to prioritise uncertainties or ‘unanswered questions’ about medical conditions and/or methods of treatment. The JLA process is internationally recognised as a robust process for shared priority setting. For more information go to www.lindalliance.org 

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