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Abortion-related worries, fears and preparedness: a Swedish Web-based exploratory and retrospective qualitative study
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4141-8692
2019 (English)In: European journal of contraception & reproductive health care, ISSN 1362-5187, E-ISSN 1473-0782, p. 1-10Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Objective: A survey was conducted to explore worries, fears and preparedness relating to the recollected experience of having an induced abortion. Methods: The Web-based survey was carried out in Sweden among 185 women. Respondents answered open-ended questions and gave retrospective self-reported ratings about their abortion-related worries, fears, preparedness and satisfaction with information obtained from health professionals and the Web. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis and descriptive statistics. Results: Worries and fears included the abortion process, physical reactions and psychosocial aspects. The abortion was associated with unexpected events, including the abortion process, poor health professional treatment and support, and side effects and complications. Respondents described a lack of preparatory information, leading to uncertainties due to insufficient information. Many searched for Web-based information, but respondents experienced difficulties finding high-quality sources. Respondents also recounted that the preparatory information received did not reflect the actual abortion experience. Conclusion: There is room for improvement with regard to informing, preparing and supporting women who seek an abortion. The results emphasise the importance of health professionals' giving sufficient preparatory information to enable preparedness and lessen the impact of possible unexpected events. There is a need for the development of a trustworthy Web-based service that contains honest and high-quality information.

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2019. p. 1-10
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preparedness, Consumer health information, fear, induced abortion, worry
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-3442DOI: 10.1080/13625187.2019.1647334PubMedID: 31368829OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-3442DiVA, id: diva2:1351208
Available from: 2019-09-13 Created: 2019-09-13 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved

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