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Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2012 Aug;17(4):260-9. doi: 10.3109/13625187.2012.688149. Epub 2012 Jul 3.

Women and men's satisfaction with care related to induced abortion.

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  • 1Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Sweden.



To investigate satisfaction with abortion care among women and their male partners, and to identify factors associated with high overall contentment with the care received.


A multi-centre cross-sectional questionnaire survey conducted in 2009 among 798 Swedish abortion-seeking women and 590 male partners was analysed with logistic regression.


Overall care satisfaction was rated high by two-thirds (74%) of the women and half (52%) of the men. For women, factors associated with high overall satisfaction with care were: to be well treated by the health care staff (Odds Ratio [OR] = 11.78), sufficient pain relief (OR = 3.87), adequate information about the gynaecological examination (OR = 2.25), suitable contraceptive counselling (OR = 2.23), and ease of access to the clinic by phone (OR = 1.91). For men, the factors were to be well treated by the health care staff (OR = 5.32), and adequate information about the abortion procedure (OR = 2.64).


Most women and half of the men were pleased with the attention they had received, but one in four women and half the men were not, or not completely, suggesting improvement is needed, especially with regard to men. For both women and men the human aspect of the care, namely, the consideration showed by the attending staff, appears to be the most important factor associated with satisfaction regarding abortion care.

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