A Model for Predicting Unsafe Induced Abortion among Women in India





Induced abortion, Unsafe abortion; Contraception, Logistic models


Background: Unsafe abortion is one of the major cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. Approximately 15.6 million abortions take place every year in India of which a significant proportion is unsafe. Objective: To explore risk factors associated with unsafe induced abortion. Method: National Family Health Survey-IV data have 82,369 women aged between 15-49 years who responded about their aborted /miscarriage/stillbirth is used. Out of these total women, 8,878 were induced aborted and found eligible. Result: Of the total induced aborted, 30.6% of women are unsafe induced abortion. Women age between 35-49 years are 53% more likely to have unsafe induced abortion than age between 15-19 years. Women living in rural areas have 26% less likely to unsafe abortion than women living in urban areas. Women who have knowledge about the fertile period are 35% less likely to have unsafe abortion than no correct knowledge. Unsafe induced abortion is found increasing as education and wealth index are increasing. Conclusion: Unsafe induced abortion is a large contributor to maternal morbidity and mortality.  Awareness of contraceptives use, Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) and Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) service should be increased through media exposure


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Kumar A, Kishun J. A Model for Predicting Unsafe Induced Abortion among Women in India. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2020 Sep. 30 [cited 2021 Jul. 26];32(3):499-505. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/1626



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