Volume 111, Issue 1 p. 53-56
Clinical articles

Postabortion care counseling practiced by health professionals in southeastern Nigeria

Joseph I. Adinma

Joseph I. Adinma

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria

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Lawrence Ikeako

Lawrence Ikeako

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anambra State University Teaching Hospital (Amaku), Awka, Nigeria

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Echendu Dolly Adinma

Corresponding Author

Echendu Dolly Adinma

Department of Community Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria

Corresponding author. Department of Community Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, P.M. B. 5025, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria. Tel.: + 234 8033407384.Search for more papers by this author
Chukwuemeka Ezeama

Chukwuemeka Ezeama

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria

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Nkemakolam Eke

Nkemakolam Eke

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria

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First published: 02 December 2016
Citations: 2

Abstract

Objective

To determine the practice of postabortion care (PAC) counseling among healthcare professionals in southeastern Nigeria.

Methods

A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey conducted among healthcare professionals in Anambra State, southeastern Nigeria, in 2006. Participants were chosen using a multi-stage sampling technique. A pre-tested questionnaire assessing the practice of PAC counseling was administered.

Results

A total of 431 health professionals were questioned: 270 (62.6%) medical doctors and 161 (37.4%) nurses. Of 302 (70.1%) respondents who reported practicing PAC counseling, only 173 (40.1%) had received formal training. PAC counseling was most commonly practiced by health professionals working in the University Teaching Hospital (90.5%). It was also more commonly practiced by nurses in rural areas compared with nurses working in urban areas (75 [67.6%] vs 24 [48.0%]; P = 0.02).

Conclusion

A high proportion of health professionals reported practicing PAC counseling. However, less than half had received formal training in PAC counseling. An increased PAC training activity program, with an emphasis on counseling, is recommended for health professionals to improve the overall quality of PAC service delivery.