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A quality of care framework for abortion care

Author(s):
Leonard, A H
Winkler, J
Title(s):
A quality of care framework for abortion careĀ / A.H. Leonard, J. Winkler.
Series:
Advances in Abortion Care ; v. 1, no. 1
Country of Publication:
United States
Publisher:
Carrboro, North Carolina, IPAS, 1991.
Description:
4 p.
Language:
English
Summary:
This paper outlines the 7 elements that make up the quality of care framework for abortion care. Helping improve women's access to high-quality abortion care, the framework identifies strengths and weaknesses in the areas of policy, infrastructure, and management. The 1st component of the quality care framework is appropriate abortion care technology, meaning that the technology used must be: acceptable to women and providers, manufactured to high standards, consistent with regulatory requirements, and appropriate to the specific delivery setting. The next components is technical competence, which deals with issues such as training, supervision, and mechanisms for practice. The 3rd component addresses the interactions between women and service providers. Among other things, these interactions must be characterized by non-judgmental attitudes, respect for women's need for confidentiality, and respect for women's ability to make informed decisions. The 4th element focuses on the demands for information and counselling, not just for abortion, but for reproductive care in general. Post-abortion family planning and reproductive health care make up the 5th element of the framework. The 6th element addresses the availability (and the proper management) of equipment, supplies, and medication. The final element is access to care, which is primarily based on the availability of services. While all the preceding components contribute to access to care, women may still lack access for a number of reasons. Ensuring that the largest possible number of women have access to care involves several administrative issues, including: cost, the range of services, the management of services, and the integration of abortion with other reproductive health services.
MeSH:
Abortion, Induced*
Aftercare*
Ambulatory Care Facilities*
Behavior
Counseling*
Delivery of Health Care
Economics
Equipment and Supplies*
Family Planning Services
Health Facilities
Health Planning
Health Services Accessibility*
Health
Interpersonal Relations*
Manuals as Topic*
Organization and Administration*
Program Evaluation
Quality Control*
Technology*
Other Subject(s):
Abortion Centers
Postabortal Programs
Program Accessibility
Supervision
Clinic Activities
Economic Factors
Family Planning Programs
Fertility Control, Postconception
Management
Program Activities
Programs
Publication Type(s):
Technical Report
Notes:
RH Training Materials.
Includes bibliographical references.
2 ref.
Report Number:
PIP 071209
Other ID:
(DNLM)00208595
NLM ID:
101052755 [Book]

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