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Pregnancy termination trajectories in Zambia

Coast, Ernestina and Murray, Susan (2014) Pregnancy termination trajectories in Zambia. In: IUSSP workshop on decision-making regarding abortion, 3 - 5 June 2014, Nanyuki, Kenya.

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Unsafe abortion is a significant, but preventable cause of maternal mortality in Zambia. We compared the trajectories of women seeking safe abortion with those receiving care following unsafe abortion. We interviewed women (n=112) accessing care in a large government hospital about their experiences. The study captured a third termination trajectory in which women received medical abortion outside the study hospital from qualified (legal) and unqualified providers. The advice of others, perceptions of risk, economic cost and delays in care seeking and receipt all influenced which trajectory a woman followed, as well as the complexity and timing of her trajectory.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I0 - General > I00 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I12 - Health Production: Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Suicide, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 10:06
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2018 11:44
Projects: Pregnancy termination trajectories in Zambia: the socio-economic costs
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council/DFID

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