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Identifying indicators for quality abortion care: a systematic literature review
  1. Amanda Dennis1,
  2. Kelly Blanchard1,
  3. Tshego Bessenaar2
  1. 1Ibis Reproductive Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2Ibis Reproductive Health, Johannesburg, South Africa
  1. Correspondence to Tshego Bessenaar, Postnet Suite # 197, Private Bag X2600, Houghton, Johannesburg 2041, South Africa; tbessanaar{at}


A systematic review was conducted of 13 peer-reviewed articles and eight reports focused on indicators of quality abortion care. A total of 75 indicators of quality abortion were identified; these indicators address a variety of issues including policy, health systems, trained-provider availability, women's decision making, and morbidity and mortality. There is little agreement about indicators for measuring quality abortion care; more work is needed to ensure efforts to assess quality are informed and coordinated.

  • abortion
  • quality
  • indicators
  • literature review
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  • Funding The Packard Foundation provided financial support for this work; views and opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Packard Foundation.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement As this is a literature review, all data are publicly available.

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