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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2003 May;188(5):1161-3.

The effect of training on the provision of elective abortion: a survey of five residency programs.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, Ward 6D, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA. steinauerj@obgyn.ucsf.edu



We investigated the correlation of residency abortion training and other variables with abortion provision.


We surveyed obstetrician-gynecologists who graduated from five residency programs. Subjects were asked about demographic characteristics, residency abortion training, and abortion provision. We used a logistic regression model that included all variables that were correlated significantly with abortion provision in univariate analyses.


Of 161 physicians (61%) who responded, 131 physicians (83%) participated in abortion training. Seventy-six physicians (47%) provided abortions currently, and 95 physicians (58%) had provided abortions at some time since residency. Three variables were independently, positively correlated with abortion provision: the number of abortions that were performed during residency, the gestational age limit of abortion training, and urban practice. Negatively correlated with provision were membership in a restrictive practice and training outside the teaching hospital.


Variables that were indicative of more extensive residency abortion training were associated positively with the current provision of abortion.

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