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Table 5 Practices related to abortion among OB-GYNs (n = 572)

From: Brazilian obstetrician-gynecologists and abortion: a survey of knowledge, opinions and practices

Practice OB-GYNs n = 572a
  n %
Ever received training   
   Yes 176 30.8
   No 393 68.7
Ever performed an abortion   
   Yes 188 32.9
   No 380 66.4
Number of abortions performed in the last year*   
   1–5 90 47.9
   6–20 10 5.3
   More than 20 5 2.7
   None in the last year 83 44.1
Circumstances under which abortions were performed*   
   Rape 36 19.1
   Risk to the mother's life 47 25.0
   Severe fetal malformation 100 53.2
   Risk to the mother's health 9 4.8
   Socioeconomic reasons 3 1.6
   Elective 18 9.6
   Other 38 20.2
Procedures used*   
   Manual vacuum aspiration 18 9.6
   Dilation and curettage 112 59.6
   Hypertonic solutions (saline or urea) 6 3.2
   Misoprostol* or other prostaglandins 129 68.6
   Mifepristone + misoprostol 4 2.1
   Methotrexate + misoprotol 5 2.6
   Other 11 5.9
Gestational age when performed abortion*   
   Before 12 weeks 137 72.9
   Between 13–20 weeks 83 44.1
  1. a Missing data: Ever received training (3), ever performed an abortion (4)
  2. * Only physicians who reported having performed an abortion answered this question (n = 188); participants could choose more than one option