Women’s Preferences for the Location of Abortion Services: A Pilot Study in Two Chicago Clinics
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Between July and December 2006, 209 women at a university-based primary care center and a freestanding abortion clinic completed a verbally administered questionnaire in which they were asked their preference for the location of early abortion services. Sixty women seeking primary care services at the university-based clinic and 149 women seeking first-trimester abortion services at an abortion clinic completed the questionnaire. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of women surveyed at the university-based primary care facility and 69% at the abortion clinic indicated a preference for abortion services from their regular health care provider. A statistically significant association (P = 0.002) was found between comfort speaking with a regular health care provider about pregnancy prevention and preference for the provision of abortion services from a regular health care provider. Women may feel more comfortable undergoing an early abortion procedure with a provider with whom they have an established relationship. The integration of early abortion services into primary care practice may increase continuity of care among women seeking an abortion.
KeywordsAbortion, induced Primary care Continuity of care Reproductive age
Susan Rubin MD, MPH and Marji Gold MD at the Department of Social and Family Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, for their assistance with the implementation of this study. Special thanks to Family Planning Associates Medical Group, Limited, Chicago, Illinois who allowed us to conduct this research.