UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Abortion provision in Northern Ireland: the views of health professionals working in obstetrics and gynaecology units

Bloomer, Fiona; Kavanagh, Jayne; Morgan, Leanne; McLaughlin, Laura; Roberts, Ralph; Savage, Wendy; Francome, Colin; (2021) Abortion provision in Northern Ireland: the views of health professionals working in obstetrics and gynaecology units. BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health , 48 (1) pp. 35-40. 10.1136/bmjsrh-2020-200959. Green open access

[thumbnail of Kavanagh_bmjsrh-2020-200959.pdf]
Preview
Text
Kavanagh_bmjsrh-2020-200959.pdf

Download (649kB) | Preview

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Abortion became decriminalised in Northern Ireland in October 2019. Until that point there existed no evidence concerning the views of health professionals on decriminalisation or on their willingness to be involved in abortion care. The purpose of this study was to address this lack of evidence, including all categories of health professionals working in obstetrics and gynaecology units in Northern Ireland. METHODS: The online survey was targeted at medical, nursing and midwifery staff working in the obstetrics and gynaecology units in each Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust in Northern Ireland. The survey was issued via clinical directors in each Trust using the REDCap platform. RESULTS: The findings showed widespread support for decriminalisation of abortion up until 24 weeks' gestation (n=169, 54%). The majority of clinicians stated they were willing to provide abortions in certain circumstances (which were undefined) (n=188, 60% medical abortions; n=157, 50% surgical abortions). Despite regional variation, the results show that there are sufficient numbers of clinicians to provide a service within each HSC Trust. The results indicate that many clinicians who report a religious affiliation are also supportive of decriminalisation (n=46, 51% Catholic; n=53, 45% Protestant) and are willing to provide care, countering the assumption that those of faith would all raise conscientious objections to service provision. CONCLUSIONS: The findings of this study are very encouraging for the development, implementation and delivery of local abortion care within HSC Trusts in Northern Ireland and should be of value in informing commissioners and providers about the design of a service model and its underpinning training programmes.

Type: Article
Title: Abortion provision in Northern Ireland: the views of health professionals working in obstetrics and gynaecology units
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmjsrh-2020-200959
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjsrh-2020-200959
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Family Studies, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Social Sciences, Biomedical, Biomedical Social Sciences, abortion, induced, surveys and questionnaires
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10144035
Downloads since deposit
61Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item