Costs of post-abortion care in low- and middle-income countries

Jessica C. Shearer, Damian G. Walker, Michael Vlassoff

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the quality of costing studies of post-abortion care from low- and middle-income countries and to describe costs in various settings. Methods: A systematic review identified unit costs. Descriptive statistical analysis and univariate regression analysis identified drivers of unit costs of post-abortion care. Results: There are few cost studies from Asia or Eastern Europe. Data indicate that the cost (in 2007 international dollars) of post-abortion care in Africa and Latin America is $392 and $430, respectively, per case. Conclusion: Differences in post-abortion care costs were associated with region, procedure, facility level, case severity, and whether the study was operations research. Methods varied between studies, and efforts should be made in future research to improve consistency. Additional data are needed from Asia and Eastern Europe, as well as the costs of medical methods of uterine evacuation. These data justify improved access to contraception and safe, legal abortion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume108
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Costs and Cost Analysis
Eastern Europe
Operations Research
Legal Abortion
Latin America
Contraception
Regression Analysis

Keywords

  • Cost
  • Literature review
  • Low-income countries
  • Post-abortion care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Costs of post-abortion care in low- and middle-income countries. / Shearer, Jessica C.; Walker, Damian G.; Vlassoff, Michael.

In: International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Vol. 108, No. 2, 02.2010, p. 165-169.

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Shearer, Jessica C. ; Walker, Damian G. ; Vlassoff, Michael. / Costs of post-abortion care in low- and middle-income countries. In: International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2010 ; Vol. 108, No. 2. pp. 165-169.
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