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Can at-home semi-quantitative pregnancy tests serve as a replacement for clinical follow-up of medical abortion? A US study.
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PMID:  22895097     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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BACKGROUND: Medical abortion in the United States requires clinic-based follow-up, representing additional time and cost to women and clinics. We studied a semi-quantitative home pregnancy test as a possible replacement for in-person follow-up. STUDY DESIGN: Four hundred and ninety women participated in the clinical study and used a pregnancy test to determine baseline human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) on the day of mifepristone administration and follow-up hCG 1 week later. One hundred and eighty-nine other women completed a user comprehension survey. Accuracy, feasibility and acceptability of the test were assessed in both the clinical study and the survey. RESULTS: The test identified the one ongoing pregnancy in the clinical study cohort. Sensitivity and specificity were calculated at 100.0% and 97.0%. The majority of participants in both the clinical study and the user comprehension survey found the test to be "very easy" or "easy" to use. CONCLUSION: At-home follow-up with a semi-quantitative pregnancy test is feasible for service delivery in the United States.
Authors:
Jennifer Blum; Tara Shochet; Kelsey Lynd; E Steve Lichtenberg; Dick Fischer; Michelle Arnesen; Beverly Winikoff; Paul D Blumenthal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contraception     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-0518     ISO Abbreviation:  Contraception     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234361     Medline TA:  Contraception     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Gynuity Health Projects, New York, NY 10010, USA.
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