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Article Dans Une Revue Epidemiology and Public Health = Revue d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique Année : 2019

[abortion in hauts-de-france: when to expect the first appointment?]

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BACKGROUND: According to the French National Authority for Health ("Haute Autorité de santé"), the first appointment for an abortion should take place within five days of the request. Whether this deadline is met or not in the Hauts-de-France region is not known. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to measure the time needed to get a first appointment for an abortion in Hauts-de-France. METHODS: We conducted a telephone survey of health facilities, family planning and registered practitioners practicing abortions in the Hauts-de-France region, to determine the next appointment available for a woman requesting an abortion. The calls took place between April 10 and 14, 2017. The time needed to get a first appointment (means±standard deviations) was calculated for the region, the departments, the districts and the health facilities and practitioners. RESULTS: We contacted 93 health facilities and practitioners and 70 were included in the study. The time needed to get a first appointment for an abortion in Hauts-de-France was measured at 5.25±5.20 days: 6.32±4.72 days for health facilities, 3.84±5.11 days for gynecologists, 5.22±5.88 days for general practitioners and 0.67±0.58 days for private-practice midwives. Fifty-six percent of health facilities and practitioners gave the appointment within five days. Between the districts, the average time varied from 1 to 15.5 days. CONCLUSIONS: The average time needed to get a first appointment for an abortion in Hauts-de-France was near the 5-day deadline recommended by the French National Authority for Health. The training of private practice midwives and general practitioners may be the first step in shortening it in some districts where access to health care is limited.
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hal-04594429 , version 1 (30-05-2024)

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C. Quandalle, Jonathan Favre, E. Verite, Sophie Gautier, Damien Subtil, et al.. [abortion in hauts-de-france: when to expect the first appointment?]. Epidemiology and Public Health = Revue d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique, 2019, Epidemiology and Public Health = Revue d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique, 67, pp.51-57. ⟨10.1016/j.respe.2018.10.001⟩. ⟨hal-04594429⟩

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