A prospective survey of cases of complications of induced abortion presenting to Goroka hospital, Papua New Guinea, 2011

Asa, Isaac, De Costa, Caroline, and Mola, Glen (2012) A prospective survey of cases of complications of induced abortion presenting to Goroka hospital, Papua New Guinea, 2011. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 52 (5). pp. 491-493.

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Abstract

Induced abortion on demand or for socio-economic indications is illegal in Papua New Guinea under the 1974 Criminal Code. Nevertheless, the procedure is known to be widely practised. This prospective study examines the demographic and medical features of women presenting with complications of induced abortion to Goroka Hospital in a 6-month period. It was noted that abortion was most commonly induced using the synthetic prostaglandin analogue misoprostol. Although illegal induced abortion cannot be condoned, it appears that misoprostol, much safer in this context than mechanical or traditional herbal methods, is now being widely used for the purpose of induced abortion in Papua New Guinea, as it is in other developing countries.

Item ID: 22040
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: induced abortion, misoprostol, Papua New Guinea
ISSN: 1479-828X
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 03:50
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups @ 50%
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