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Dr S Rowlands

Honorary Associate Professor, Institute of Clinical Education                                       
Institute of Clinical Education
University of Warwick
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Research Profile

Sam’s research interests are in contraception and reproductive health care.  He was awarded first prize in the RCGP/Astra Research Award, 1980.  He was awarded a grant in 1992 from North West Thames Regional Health Authority for a survey of women’s reproductive health; this survey formed part of his MD.  He has had seven oral and nine poster presentations accepted at national and international congresses.  He has written over 60 peer-reviewed papers, a book and thirteen chapters in books on contraception and reproductive health care. 

Sam qualified at the London Hospital Medical College. Following GP vocational training in Surrey, he was Research Assistant to Professor John Guillebaud at the Margaret Pyke Centre. He was then a principal in general practice in Bedfordshire for 17 years. All data for his doctorate were collected during his time in general practice. After this, he was Medical Director of EPIC which held the General Practice Research Database. He moved to Warwickshire to take up the post of Clinical Director of BPAS. He now works in the Department of Sexual Health, Worcestershire PCT. Sam has been preparing expert reports for the assistance of the civil courts since 1995. He completed an LLM in Medical Law at the University of Northumbria in 2009.  He is a past Vice President of the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare and past President of the Royal Society of Medicine Sexuality & Sexual Health Section.
Education Profile

Sam is Module Leader of Contraception and Reproductive Health in the Community. He is a supervisor of Dissertations/Professional Projects for the MSc in Sexual & Reproductive Health Care.

Selected Publications

Rowlands S.  Contraception and sexual problems.  In: Practical General Practice 5th

            edition. Khot A, Polmear A (eds). Oxford:  Butterworth–Heinemann 2006.

Rowlands S.  More than one abortion. J Fam Plann Repro Health Care 2007; 33: 155 - 158.

Rowlands S.  The decision to opt for abortion.  J Fam Plann Repro Health Care  2008; 34: 175 – 180.

Rowlands S.  Long-acting methods of contraception are more cost effective.  Guidelines in practice 2008; 11: 51-55.

Rowlands S. New technologies in contraception. BJOG 2009; 116: 230-239.


Further publications

Rowlands S.  Sharing personal information: how to decide whether to or not. J Fam Plann Repro Health Care  2010; 36: 161-165.

Rowlands S.  Social predictors of repeat adolescent pregnancy and focussed strategies.  Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology  2010; 24: 605-616.

Rowlands S, Sujan M-A, Cooke M.  A risk management approach to the design of contraceptive implants. J Fam Plann Repro Health Care 2010; 36: 191-195.

Rowlands S. Legal aspects of contraceptive implants. J Fam Plann Repro Health Care 2010; 36: 243-248.