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Contraception. 2008 Dec;78(6):492-9. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2008.07.011. Epub 2008 Sep 4.

Second-trimester surgical abortion practices: a survey of National Abortion Federation members.

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Department of OB/GYN, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA. ko2032@columbia.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The objective of this analysis was to assess the second-trimester surgical abortion practices of National Abortion Federation (NAF) members in North America and Australia.

STUDY DESIGN:

In 2002, questionnaires were mailed to 364 active member clinics of NAF for completion by their clinic administrators and individual providers.

RESULTS:

Two hundred eighty-nine (79%) clinics responded. Most NAF clinics (72%) offer second-trimester abortion services. The majority of second-trimester providers are obstetrician/gynecologists (63%), male (62%) and at least 50 years old (63%). We describe second-trimester surgical abortion practices in terms of patient eligibility, cervical ripening, ultrasound use, anesthesia and postoperative care.

CONCLUSIONS:

Surgical techniques and postoperative practices for second-trimester abortions are similar among these respondents, suggesting that NAF's efforts to promulgate best practices using evidence-based guidelines are succeeding. The aging of skilled practitioners raises concerns about the future availability of second-trimester abortion.

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