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|Title: ||A comparison of women with induced abortion, spontaneous abortion and 3 ectopic pregnancy in Ghana|
|Authors: ||Agbenyega, Edward Tsiri|
Schwandta, Hilary M.
Hindin, Michelle J.
Creangab, Andreea A.
Danso, Kwabena A.
Adanud, Richard M.K.
|Keywords: ||Induced abortion;|
|Issue Date: ||30-Jun-2010|
|Citation: ||Elsevier Ltd, 2010|
|Abstract: ||Background: Despite having one of the most liberal abortion laws in sub-Saharan Africa, complications from induced abortion are the
13 second leading cause of maternal mortality in Ghana.
14 Study design: The sample is composed of patients with pregnancy termination complications in Ghana between June and July 2008. The
15 majority of patients report having had a spontaneous abortion (75%; n=439), while 17% (n=100) and 8% (n=46) report having had an
16 induced abortion or an ectopic pregnancy, respectively. Factors associated with women in each of the three groups were explored using
17 multinomial logistic regression.
18 Results: When compared to women with spontaneous abortions, women with induced abortions were younger, poorer, more likely to report
19 no religious affiliation, less likely to be married, more likely to report making the household decisions and more likely to make nondisclosure
20 of this pregnancy to their partners. Within the induced abortion subsample, failure to disclose the most recent pregnancy was associated with
21 already having children and autonomous household decision making.
22 Conclusion: Identifying the individual and relationship characteristics of induced abortion patients is the first step toward targeted policies
23 and programs aimed at reducing unsafe abortion in Ghana.
24 © 2010 Published by Elsevier Inc.|
|Description: ||This article is published at Elsevier, and also available at doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2010.10.011|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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