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Comparison of unscheduled re-attendance and contraception at discharge, among women having the final stage of early medical abortion at home and those remaining in hospital.
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PMID:  21920905     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
IntroductionThroughout Great Britain, increasing numbers of women having an early medical abortion are choosing to go home soon after administration of misoprostol, to expel the pregnancy at home (early medical discharge, EMD), rather than remain upon the hospital premises (day case). However, data are lacking on how this impacts upon an abortion service in terms of unscheduled re-attendance rates and contraception provision at discharge.MethodsA retrospective audit was carried out of women undergoing medical abortion (up to 64 days' gestation) over 9 months at a National Health Service hospital in Scotland, to determine (1) unscheduled re-attendance rates within 6 weeks of the procedure for an abortion-related complication and (2) method of contraception provided at discharge.ResultsOver the audit period 1128 women had an early medical abortion of whom 590 (52%) chose EMD. There was no significant difference in unscheduled re-attendance rates between EMD (n=23, 4%) and day case groups (n=20, 4%). There was no significant difference in the proportion of women in each group who left hospital with an effective method of contraception (n=362, 61% and n=355, 60% for EMD and day case groups, respectively).ConclusionsWomen undergoing early medical abortion who choose to expel the pregnancy at home are no more likely to re-attend hospital with a post-abortal complication and are just as likely to receive effective contraception than those who remain on hospital premises.
Hannah Astle; Sharon T Cameron; Anne Johnstone
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of family planning and reproductive health care / Faculty of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1471-1893     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
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Created Date:  2011-9-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101087687     Medline TA:  J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Medical Student, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
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