Article Type

Original Study


Objectives The aim of the study was to assess the quality of family planning counseling sessions and assess clients' satisfaction with family planning counseling sessions. Background Family planning (FP) is now acknowledged as one of the most successful development interventions, with potential benefits on maternal and child health outcomes, educational advances, and economic development. Participants and methods This was a cross-sectional study conducted in family health facilities in Sadat City District, Menoufia Governorate, including all FP services providers in the studied family health facilities using a checklist and self-reported questionnaire to assess the qualification of providers of FP counseling and the availability of services and resources. The study also included 200 clients who were randomly selected from attendants of the studied facilities for FP services to assess their satisfaction regarding the counseling session. Results There was a significant difference between physicians and nurses regarding performance of FP counseling sessions, where nurses showed better performance than physicians in all steps of the checklist. There was also a significant difference between physicians and nurses regarding duration of experience and previous FP counseling training courses. Total satisfaction score was better among clients in rural facilities. Conclusion Balanced counseling strategy gave better scores for nurses than for physicians in providing counseling sessions for clients.