Using IT to reduce teenage pregnancies

Phipps, Kathy
September 2003
GP: General Practitioner;9/8/2003, p52
The article focuses on an electronic tool which helps reduce teenage pregnancies. Great Britain has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in western Europe. Unplanned pregnancy limits teenagers' access to education, blighting their career prospects. Barnsley Interactive Teenage Education (BITE) is a collaborative research project between Staffordshire University and Barnsley PCT— Barnsley and Stoke having higher than average teenage pregnancy rates. BITE has developed a touchscreen sexual health computer to enable teenagers to make informed choices about taking risks from their sexual behaviour, thereby reducing rates of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection. A focus group of young people in Barnsley was consulted about the content, and it is now being evaluated in local schools. INSET: Details.


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