Table 1

Characteristics of included studies

Study authors (year)Study titlePopulationSettingHarm reduction intervention detailsComparison groupHow complete abortion was confirmed
Briozzo et al (2006)4A risk reduction strategy to prevent maternal deaths associated with unsafe abortionWomen uncertain of pregnancy intention and those seeking an abortionPereira Rossell Hospital (public university teaching hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay)Pregnancy confirmation, gestational age determination (US), information about different means to induce abortion in Uruguay, information about use of misoprostol, no information about where to buy misoprostol; post-abortion visitNoneNot specified
Labandera et al (2016)14Implementation of the risk and harm reduction strategy against unsafe abortion in Uruguay: from a university hospital to the entire countryWomen uncertain of pregnancy intention and those seeking an abortionEight public health centres in four departments in UruguayPregnancy confirmation, gestational age determination (US), information about different means to induce abortion in Uruguay, information about use of misoprostol, no information about where to buy misoprostol; post-abortion visitNoneNot specified
Kahabuka et al (2016)15Provision of harm reduction services to limit unsafe abortion in TanzaniaWomen who received harm reduction counsellingPublic health centre in Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaPregnancy confirmation, gestational age assessment (US for women who could not remember LMP), information regarding health risks associated with various methods of induced abortion, information on the unsafe procedures commonly used in Tanzania, information about misoprostol but not how or where to get it; follow-up visit 7–14 days after the initial visitNone“Medical examination to confirm that the induced abortion was complete”
Grossman et al (2016)16A harm-reduction model of abortion counselling about misoprostol use in Peru with telephone and in-person follow-up: a cohort studySpanish-speaking women 18 years or older seeking harm reduction servicesTwo clinic sites in Lima, Peru (clinics belonging to nongovernmental sexual and reproductive health organisation)Pregnancy confirmation, gestational age assessment by US, options counselling, information about misoprostol; participant can select in-person or telephone follow-up visitNoneQuestionnaire
  • LMP: last menstrual period; US: ultrasound

  • LMP, Last menstrual period; US, ultrasound.