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Pregnancy termination trajectories in Zambia

Coast, Ernestina ORCID: 0000-0002-8703-307X and Murray, Susan (2014) Pregnancy termination trajectories in Zambia. IUSSP working papers. International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), Paris, France.

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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: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2014 13:00
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:03
Projects: ES-167-25-0626
Funders: ESRC/DFID

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