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Knowledge, attitudes, and practice of abortion among women and doctors in Armenia.
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PMID:  19916760     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To assess knowledge and attitudes towards abortion among women and obstetricians/gynaecologists in Armenia, in order to facilitate the introduction of medical abortion.
METHODS: Ninety-nine doctors and 400 women in three cities in Armenia were purposively selected to participate in face-to-face interviews using structured survey instruments.
RESULTS: Most women knew that abortion is legal under any (31%) or certain (50%) circumstances. The majority of women had heard of medical abortion, but had superficial or incorrect knowledge of the method. Thirty percent of women expressed a preference for medical abortion over surgical abortion. Despite the fact that the medications are not readily available in Armenia, nearly one out of three doctors reported having experience in using misoprostol or mifepristone + misoprostol to terminate pregnancies. Doctors not providing medical abortion cited concerns about the method's efficacy and safety, or felt that they did not have enough information. One-third of doctors were very interested in receiving training on medical abortion methods.
CONCLUSIONS: Both doctors and women in Armenia are interested in medical abortion as an alternative to surgical abortion. Efforts should focus on informing women about the legality of abortion and the details of the medical abortion procedure, and on training doctors in this new method.
Authors:
Erica Chong; Tamar Tsereteli; Susanna Vardanyan; Gayane Avagyan; Beverly Winikoff
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The European journal of contraception & reproductive health care : the official journal of the European Society of Contraception     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1473-0782     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712127     Medline TA:  Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  340-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Gynuity Health Projects, New York, NY 10010, USA. echong@gynuity.org
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