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“Who wants to go repeatedly to the hospital?”: Perceptions and experiences of simplified medical abortion in Rajasthan, India
Karolinska institutet.
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing. Karolinska institutet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8947-2949
Action for Reserach in Health (ARTH).
Uppsala Universitet.
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2016 (English)In: Global Qualitative Nursing Research, ISSN 2333-3936, Vol. 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to explore women's experiences and perceptions of home use of misoprostol and of the self-assessment of the outcome of early medical abortion in a low-resource setting in India. In-depth interviews were conducted with 20 women seeking early medical abortion, who administered misoprostol at home and assessed their own outcome of abortion using a low-sensitivity pregnancy test. With home use of misoprostol, women were able to avoid inconvenience of travel, child care, and housework, and maintain confidentiality. The use of a low-sensitivity pregnancy test alleviated women's anxieties about retained products. Majority said they would prefer medical abortion involving a single visit in future. This study provides nuanced understanding of how women manage a simplified medical abortion in the context of low literacy and limited communication facilities. Service delivery guidelines should be revised to allow women to have medical abortion with fewer visits.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 3
Keyword [en]
India; abortion; access to; health care; low resource setting; primary; remote; reproduction; rural; self-care
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Health and Welfare, Ökad tillgång till säker abortvård i Indien
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-23769OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-23769DiVA: diva2:1060139
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-12-27 Created: 2016-12-27 Last updated: 2017-05-31Bibliographically approved

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