Table 1

Description of abortion clients, medications dispensed and abortion outcome as recorded in patent medicine vendor logbooks*

VariableAmong clients provided misoprostol for induced abortion (n=4924)
n%
Age of client (years)††
 ≤1996519.6
 20–24145729.6
 25+249850.8
Recorded gestational age of pregnancy (weeks)
 <13422085.7
 ≥132054.2
 Missing49910.1
Misoprostol dose dispensed (μg)
 <80053310.8
 800231347.0
 1000–14001322.7
 1600–240079216.1
 >2600140.3
 Missing114023.2
Pain management provided487699.0
Contraception provided‡
 Short-term method351171.8
 Long-term method§97419.9
 No method4038.2
Abortion outcome
 Complete abortion422485.8
 Abortion with complication managed by PMV330.7
 Abortion with complication referred to another provider1743.5
 Missing49310.0
  • *Data on post abortion care (PAC) clients excluded because of observed limitations in accurate PAC documentation.

  • †Data on age were missing for four clients.

  • ‡Data on contraception provided were missing for 36 clients.

  • §Long-term methods included primarily women who received implants and a few who received intrauterine contraceptive devices.

  • PMV, patent medicine vendor.