"I Don't Want to Go Anywhere Else": Patient Experiences of Abortion in Family Medicine

Aleza K. Summit, Lauren M.J. Casey, Ariana H. Bennett, Alison Karasz, Marji Gold

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Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Prior studies have demonstrated that most women are comfortable with the option of receiving early abortion care in the family medicine setting, and patients who received early abortion care in this context report satisfaction with their experience. There are few qualitative studies, however, that explore abortion experiences in the family medicine setting. This study aimed to better understand influential factors in women's choices and experiences of their family medicine setting for abortion care.

METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews with 15 women who received early abortion care at an urban federally qualified health center offering full-spectrum family medicine. Transcripts were analyzed in NVivo, using editing and immersion/crystallization approaches.

RESULTS: Women who received abortion care in this setting were highly satisfied. Though many were surprised when they learned abortion care was available, their responses were favorable, and their experiences were positive. Our results indicate that connection to the clinic setting and to the provider who performed the abortion created a context of trust and comfort. Further, women in our study appreciated the privacy offered by a general medical setting as well as the convenience and continuity of care afforded by accessing abortion care in their accustomed primary care setting.

CONCLUSIONS: Women in our study reported high levels of satisfaction with care and would recommend this setting to others. In a context of increasing restrictions on abortion, family physicians are well-positioned to increase access by including abortion care in the range of reproductive health services offered in their primary care practice settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-34
Number of pages5
JournalFamily Medicine
Volume48
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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