Patient preference in a randomized study comparing medical and surgical abortion at 10-13 weeks gestation

Premila Wencesiaus Ashok, Haitham Hamoda, G. M. M. Flett, Avril Kidd, Ann Elizabeth Fitzmaurice, Alexander Allan Templeton

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess women's preferences and acceptability of medical (MA) and surgical abortion (SA) at 10-13 weeks gestation. This was a partially randomized patient preference trial. Women were offered to enter the randomized arm of the trial. Those who expressed a strong preference for a method were entered into the preference arm. A total of 368 women were randomized (188 medical and 180 surgical) while 77 entered the preference arm (15 medical and 62 surgical). Prior to abortion, 253 women (72%) indicated a preference for MA while 98 (28%) showed a preference for surgery (p<.0001). Despite having a preference for a particular method, women were content with alternatives. Women were more likely to choose the same abortion method again if they had shown a preference for that method prior to abortion (p=.002 and .01 for MA and SA, respectively). The availability of MA is an important option for many women who wish to avoid surgery or anesthesia and should now be offered routinely in the late first trimester. (C) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-148
Number of pages5
JournalContraception
Volume71
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • medical abortion
  • surgical abortion
  • late first trimester
  • mifepristone
  • misoprostol
  • VACUUM ASPIRATION
  • CLINICAL-TRIALS
  • MIFEPRISTONE
  • MISOPROSTOL
  • TERMINATION
  • PREGNANCY
  • INDUCTION
  • IMPACT
  • ACCEPTABILITY
  • COMBINATION

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