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Table 6 Challenges in meetings patients’ contraceptive needs during COVID-19 pandemic by time of survey (n = 908)

From: Assessing differences in contraceptive provision through telemedicine among reproductive health providers during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

  April–May 2020 (n = 223) June–July 2020 (n = 341) August 2020–January 2021 (n = 343) Overall sample (n = 908)
  n % n % n % n %
Local COVID-19 policies (at time of survey)         
 Stay-at-home/shelter-in-place order 61 (29) 19 (7) 40 (14) 120 (15)
 Re-opening with restrictions 146 (70) 244 (85) 190 (67) 580 (75)
 Completely open 3 (1) 25 (9) 50 (18) 78 (10)
In what ways has your clinic been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?       
 Shift towards providing COVID-related care 88 (41) 84 (32) 87 (37) 259 (36)
 Decreased clinic hours 108 (50) 112 (43) 95 (40) 315 (44)
 Shortages of medical supplies/tests 96 (45) 99 (38) 93 (39) 288 (40)
Decreased funding to clinic 27 (13) 35 (14) 30 (13) 92 (13)
 Increased staff layoffs 31 (14) 54 (21) 41 (17) 126 (18)
COVID has made it more difficult to…         
 See new patients 185 (83) 232 (81) 234 (84) 651 (83)
 Offer contraceptive counseling 140 (63) 159 (57) 174 (63) 473 (61)
 Offer the full range of contraceptive methods 160 (72) 174 (63) 161 (63) 495 (65)
 Meet the needs of patients who are low-income 88 (42) 109 (39) 104 (39) 301 (40)
 Meet the needs of BIPOC patients 62 (30) 82 (29) 87 (32) 231 (30)
 Meet the needs of patients who are experiencing homelessness 80 (38) 92 (33) 91 (34) 263 (35)
 Meet the needs of patients in marginalized communitiesa 116 (55) 133 (48) 132 (49) 381 (50)
 Patient contraceptive caseload has decreased as a result of COVID-19 pandemic 168 (78) 203 (78) 165 (70) 536 (76)
COVID-19 pandemic has made it more challenging to offer care to patients experiencing…
 Unprotected sex 121 (56) 140 (50) 130 (48) 391 (51)
 Forced sex 83 (40) 105 (38) 84 (31) 272 (36)
 Intimate partner violence 100 (47) 133 (48) 112 (42) 345 (45)
 Mental health issues 107 (50) 138 (49) 142 (53) 387 (51)
 Patients who do not want to get pregnant 95 (45) 126 (45) 113 (42) 334 (44)
  1. aPatients in marginalized communities is a binary variables which takes on a value of 1 for patients who are homeless, low-income, or BIPOC