Family Physicians' Role in Simplifying Medication Abortion during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Payal Patel, Sumathi Narayana, Zoey Thill, Marji Gold, Allison Paul

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Abstract

Despite first trimester abortion being common and safe, there are numerousrestrictions that lead to barriers to seeking abortion care. The COVID-19 pandemic hasonly exacerbated these barriers, as many state legislators push to limit abortion accesseven further. During this pandemic, family physicians across the country haveincorporated telemedicine into their practices to continue to meet patient needs.Medication abortion can be offered to patients by telemedicine in most states, andmultiple studies have shown that labs, imaging, and physical exam may not beessential in all cases. Family physicians are well-poised to incorporate medicationabortion into their practices using approaches that limit the spread of the coronavirus,ultimately increasing access to abortion in these unprecedented times. ( J Am Board Fam Med 2021;34:S33-S36.). copyright. J Am Board Fam Med: First published as 10.3122/jabfm.2021.S1.200208 on 23 February 2021.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S33-S36
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Volume34
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Abortion applicants
  • Covid-19
  • Family physicians
  • First trimester
  • Induced abortion
  • Pandemics
  • Pregnancy
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice

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