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Assessing the quality of information leaflets about abortion methods in England and Wales
  1. S S M Wong, MRCOG1,
  2. H L Bekker, PhD2,
  3. J G Thornton, MD, FRCOG3 and
  4. B A Gbolade, MRCOG, FRCP(I)4
  1. Fertility Control Unit, St James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  2. Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  3. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, UK
  4. Fertility Control Unit, St James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence Dr Sandra Wong, Fertility Control Unit, Level 4, Gledhow Wing, St James's University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 113 2067135. Fax: +44 (0) 113 2065381. E-mail: sandrasmwong{at}


This study assessed the quality of written information about abortion methods provided by clinics in England and Wales. Forty-four sets of leaflets were collected. The average leaflet was found to provide only half the possible information about benefits, risks and general procedures. Only half of the leaflets were of standard readability and accessible by 83% of the British population. Therefore, it seems unlikely that most women in England and Wales are in a position to make an informed decision about abortion method.

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