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To meta-analyse or not to meta-analyse: abortion, birth and mental health.
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PMID:  22215864     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Two recent meta-analyses claim that abortion leads to a deterioration in mental health. Previous reviews concluded that the mental health outcomes following an unwanted pregnancy are much the same whether the woman gives birth or terminates the pregnancy, although there is an increased mental health risk with an unwanted pregnancy. Meta-analysis is particularly susceptible to bias in this area. The physical health outcomes for women with an unwanted pregnancy have improved greatly by making abortion legal. To further improve the mental health outcomes associated with an unwanted pregnancy we should focus practice and research on the individual needs of women with an unwanted pregnancy, rather than how the pregnancy is resolved.
Authors:
Tim Kendall; Victoria Bird; Roch Cantwell; Clare Taylor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science     Volume:  200     ISSN:  1472-1465     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342367     Medline TA:  Br J Psychiatry     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  12-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Sheffield Health and Social Care (NHS) Foundation Trust, Fulwood House, Old Fulwood Road, Sheffield S10 3TH, UK. tim.kendall@shsc.nhs.uk.
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