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Changing patterns in women seeking terminations of pregnancy: a trend analysis of data from one service provider 1996-2006.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18578820     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess emerging trends in five characteristics: age, first ever pregnancy, contraception at time of conception, contraception choices post-operatively and referral source of women presenting for a termination of pregnancy (1996-2006) from a southern service in Adelaide, South Australia. METHOD: A time-series study, from 1996 to 2006, using 3,434 cases from a termination of pregnancy service provider. Five characteristics associated with women attending for a termination of pregnancy were examined. Data were analysed using simple linear regression analyses and one-way ANOVA. RESULTS: There was a significant increase in women aged 30-50 years having a pregnancy terminated (ANOVA F1,9 = 5.901, p=0.041), with 67% of women using contraception at the time of conception. An increasing percentage of women chose not to use any contraception post-operatively (ANOVA F1,9 = 14.409, p=0.006), although 90% of women left the service with contraception. Additionally, there was a significant decline in women using natural family planning methods (ANOVA F1,9 = 13.654, p=0.006). Referral patterns changed significantly over the ten years, with fewer women being referred by a general practitioner (ANOVA F1,9 = 46.492, p=0.000) and family planning clinics (ANOVA F1,9 = 13.011, p=0.007). CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Termination of pregnancy patterns from a hospital based regional termination service have changed over the past ten years in this study population. There are implications for policy, strategic plans and health promotion activities in the southern region of Adelaide.
Authors:
Wendy Abigail; Charmaine Power; Ingrid Belan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian and New Zealand journal of public health     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1326-0200     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-26     Completed Date:  2008-09-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9611095     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  230-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Southern Adelaide Health Service and Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Abortion Applicants / statistics & numerical data*
Abortion, Induced / trends*
Adolescent
Adult
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Female
Humans
Linear Models
Middle Aged
Pregnancy
South Australia
Time Factors

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