The Delivery of Medical Abortion Services: The Views of Experienced Providers
Beckman, Linda J.
Harvey, S. Marie
Satre, Sarah J.
Women's Health Issues 2002 March-April; 12(2): 103-112
This study examined beliefs about the delivery of medical abortion services and current roles of 76 providers of methotrexate-induced abortion. The sample included physicians, midlevel professionals, administrators, and counselors/other medical staff. Over 75% of participants believed that, given proper training and emergency backup, physicians and midlevel clinicians alike could provide medical abortions. Over 85% agreed that methotrexate-induced abortions could be provided in any physician's office or medical facility. There were no differences in perceptions by participant group. Involvement of midlevel providers in provision of medical abortion could potentially increase access and options for women seeking to terminate an early pregnancy.
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