Improving the medical care and counseling of postabortion patients in Egypt
Huntington,Dale; Hassan,Ezzeldin Osman; Attallah,Nabil; Toubia,Nahid; Fattah,Mohammed Naguib Abdel; Nawar,Laila
Studies in Family Planning 26(6): 350-362
Publication date: 1995
This report analyzes the results of an operations research project carried out at two sites in Egypt to improve the medical care and counseling of postabortion patients. Preintervention and postintervention surveys and observations were conducted. After the introduction of vacuum aspiration under local anesthesia, the number of cases treated with dilatation and curettage under general anesthesia dropped from an average of 169 per month to 16. The majority of the remaining cases (an average of 119 per month) were treated with vacuum aspiration. Both providers' and women's knowledge about postabortion complications improved. Family planning information provided to postabortion patients increased as a result of the project's training program. The proportion of patients intending to use a contraceptive method increased by 30 percentage points due to the improved counseling. Future programs linking family planning and postabortion medical services should be prepared to improve the medical care of existing emergency health services and to add counseling services.