Attitudes and experiences with termination of pregnancy among Irish obstetrics & gynaecology trainees in the context of recent legal change: A survey study

Bianca M. Stifani, Brendan P. McDonnell, Gillian Corbett, Karina Avila, Wendy Chavkin, Noirin Russell, Nerys C. Benfield

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Abstract

Objective: This study examines Irish obstetrics and gynaecology trainees’ experiences with and opinions of termination of pregnancy (ToP) after legal change. Study design: We invited obstetrics & gynaecology non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) to participate in a web-based survey through a professional e-mail listserv. We conducted descriptive statistical analyses of responses using Stata SE Version 16. Results: A total of 102/202 (50.5%) trainees responded to the survey. Of these, 61.8% believed that ToP should be allowed on request up to 12 weeks and in limited circumstances thereafter (in line with current law), and 19.6% believe ToP should be allowed on request even after 12 weeks. Knowledge about the abortion law was high (70.6% achieved a perfect knowledge score). Since the new law came into effect, 61.8% of trainees reported participation in abortion care, though only 25.5% had performed surgical procedures. More than 75% of respondents would like to receive more training in all clinical skills related to ToP. In the future, 67.6% of respondents would be willing to provide TOP in all circumstances allowed by law. Conclusion: Irish obstetrics & gynaecology NCHDs are generally supportive of the legislation. Few trainees have performed surgical abortions, and most would like to receive additional clinical training related to ToP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100137
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology: X
Volume13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Medical education
  • Termination of pregnancy
  • Termination of pregnancy: medical
  • Termination of pregnancy: surgical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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