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Let’s keep our eye on the ball
  1. Wendy V Norman1,2,
  2. Sarah Munro3
  1. 1 Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  2. 2 Faculty of Public Health & Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  3. 3 Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Wendy V Norman, Family Practice, The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, BC WC1H 9SH, Canada; wendy.norman{at}ubc.ca

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Telemedicine support from qualified health professionals is an effective and safe method for assessing, prescribing, and providing follow up for medical abortion care.1 2 Fix and colleagues3 have contributed to the evidence base for telemedicine abortion with a qualitative investigation of patient experiences obtaining a medical abortion using an at-home telemedicine service in Australia ( see page 172 ). Their study highlights important new evidence on patient acceptability for the provision of medical abortion at home. These data are particularly timely in the context of the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

The pandemic response has dramatically altered the delivery of healthcare in high-income nations. With the imperative to provide physically distanced healthcare where feasible, it is critical to understand the impact of novel virtual service delivery models. Beyond the effect of these models on clinical safety and effectiveness, we also must prioritise patient experience, acceptability, and well-being, and to attend to any unintended positive and negative effects of this dramatic shift. Ensuring we preserve highly acceptable provision of abortion care is vital to ensure sexual and reproductive health, population health, and health equity.

Fix and colleagues present a rigorous investigation on the …

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