Fellows may pursue a variety of research opportunities. Our division’s ongoing relationships with the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, the Departments of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Transplant Surgery, and Medicine/Pediatrics allow for multidisciplinary collaboration. Fellows are provided with research support through the Clinical Translational Science Institute and the Women’s Health Clinical Research Unit.
Our division is committed to improve comprehensive women’s health services and conducts constant research to evaluate and improve services and patient experiences.
Some of our prior and current research projects:
- Cost analysis of immediate postabortal IUD insertion compared to planned IUD insertion at the time of abortion follow up
We conducted a cost analysis from a public payer perspective to evaluate the potential cost savings associated with a policy of immediate postabortal IUD insertion, compared to planned IUD insertion at the time of abortion follow up.
- Mobile Health Application for Birth Control Information
This innovation impacts women of reproductive age. Women in need for birth spacing can download this free mobile health application called "Plan A Birth Control" and obtain information about the ten most common reversible birth control options. In addition, we have in-built few simple questions to screen patients for the medical eligibility for birth control methods. This helps women to understand which method is appropriate for them!
At the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA, we conducted a randomized controlled trial to understand the effect of this mobile health application on patient's knowledge of birth control methods. After pilot testing with 40 volunteers from one of our clinics, participants were recruited for a randomized controlled trial (RCT).
Through our innovative mobile health (mHealth) application, we attempted to impart the basic knowledge about reversible and effective birth control methods to patents seeking birth spacing and family planning. informative mobile health applications like this can be distributed to patients using electronic tablets in the waiting room settings. This can impart basic knowledge about the health care services that we offer as providers and improve the patient- provider interaction.
- Intrauterine Device in immuno-compromised women:
Immunocompromised women who have had prior transplantation and controls are being evaluated to understand the effect of levonorgestrel intrauterine devices. Currently recruitment is ongoing.
- Reproductive life planning for diabetic women:
UCLA Division of Family Planning is in the process of developing a research trial to understand the research needs of diabetic women.