Medical abortion practices among private providers in Vietnam.


Park, MH; Nguyen, TH; Dang, AT; Ngo, TD; (2013) Medical abortion practices among private providers in Vietnam. International journal of women's health, 5. pp. 593-598. ISSN 1179-1411 DOI: https://doi.org/10.2147/IJWH.S51137

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE To describe medical abortion (MA) practices among private providers in Vietnam. METHODS The study subjects were women (n = 258) undergoing early MA through 12 private providers in Hanoi during February-June 2012. The women were interviewed on the day of their procedure and were followed up by telephone 14 days after mifepristone administration. RESULTS Of the 258 women in the study, 97% used a regimen of mifepristone plus misoprostol; 80% were instructed to administer misoprostol at home. MA resulted in a complete termination in 90.8% of cases. All women were provided with information on potential complications and were instructed to return for a follow-up visit. We successfully followed up 77.5% (n = 200) of participants by telephone, while nearly two-thirds of women returned to the clinic for a follow-up visit. At follow-up, 39.5% of women reported having used a Help line service, while 7% had sought help from a health provider. A high unmet need for postabortion family planning was identified. CONCLUSION Follow-up of women, postabortion care, and the provision of family planning have been identified as important areas to address for strengthening MA services in the private sector in Vietnam.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
PubMed ID: 24082795
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1236352

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