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Abortion care services delivered from a community sexual and reproductive health setting: views of health care professionals
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  1. Lucy Michie1,
  2. Sharon T Cameron2,
  3. Anna Glasier3
  1. 1Clinical Research Fellow, Chalmers Sexual and Reproductive Health Centre, Edinburgh and Department of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Consultant Gynaecologist, Chalmers Sexual and Reproductive Health Centre, Edinburgh and Department of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3Honorary Professor, Department of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lucy Michie, Chalmers Sexual and Reproductive Health Centre, 2a Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9E, UK; Lucy.Michie{at}ed.ac.uk

Abstract

Background Abortion services should provide high-quality contraceptive care. The community sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services may be well placed to deliver more abortion care in the UK. We wished to determine the views of health professionals working in SRH regarding their attitudes towards providing more abortion services and also the views of staff within one community SRH centre in Scotland where a service providing early medical abortion (EMA) was due to commence.

Methods An anonymous questionnaire distributed to attendees at a UK SRH scientific meeting collected data on demographics, current practice of and attitude to abortion, and views on delivery of abortion services. An internet questionnaire distributed by e-mail to staff at a community SRH clinic in Scotland sought demographics, views regarding the planned introduction of an EMA service and willingness to participate in it.

Results 165 questionnaires were completed out of 200 distributed at the scientific meeting (an 82% response rate). 128 (78%) respondents felt that abortion services were suited to community clinics and 115 (70%) stated that they would be willing to participate in them. 62/90 (69%) staff from the SRH clinic responded to the internet questionnaire. 44 (71%) felt the plan to introduce abortion services was a natural extension to services already offered and the same number would be willing to be involved in such a service.

Conclusion There is clear support amongst health professionals in community SRH in the UK towards greater participation in the provision of abortion care services.

  • abortion
  • family planning service provision
  • attitudes of health professionals
  • service delivery
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