Understanding the Factors Associated with Abortion among Women Seeking Abortion Related Health Services in Phuentsholing General Hospital, Bhutan

Kinley Wangdi, Manish Gurung

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Abstract

Introduction: Abortion is illegal in Bhutan. However, "Medical Termination of Pregnancy" (MTP) had been allowed by the Ministry of Health and Education since 1999. The aims of this study were to understand the trend of abortion and associated factors leading to induced abortion in Phuentsholing General Hospital (PGH).

Methods: A retrospective study to understand the trends of all forms of abortion was carried out using secondary data from PGH data repository. The trend was analyzed between the periods 1st January 2008 to 31st December 2011. A prospective study was also carried out between 1st March 2012 and 28th February 2014 using a structured interviewer administered questionnaire on patients seeking medical care for abortion related ailments in PGH.

Results: The retrospective analysis showed that a total of 465 cases (average 9.75 cases/month) were treated in PGH. In the prospective study the median age of the respondents was 26 years (range 18-42 years). Most participants were older than 25 years 57.1% (44), married 93.4% (71), house wives, 59.7% (46) and primary or secondary level educated 45.5% (35). The main underlying reason for induced abortion was that the family was complete and not ready for family at 22.2% (6) each. In multivariate analysis, second month of pregnancy is less likely to undergo induced abortion, AOR 0.03 (95% CI 0.042, 0.805).

Conclusions: Phuentsholing General Hospital treated almost 10% of the total abortion in Bhutan with an average of 9.75 cases per month. The main reasons for undergoing induced abortion were family was complete and not ready for the family.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Archives of Nursing and Health Care
Volume2
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

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