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Table 1 Background knowledge about abortion care among the participants in the Malawian study prior to receiving their MVA training (n = 53)

From: “Confidence comes with frequent practice”: health professionals’ perceptions of using manual vacuum aspiration after a training program

Question Knowledge n (%)
Is abortion legal?
 Yes 0 (0)
 No 33 (62.3)
 Only to save a pregnant woman’s life? 19 (35.8)
 Not answered 1 (1.9)
Is abortion common in Malawi?
 Yes 51 (96.2)
 No 1 (1.9)
 Not answered 1 (1.9)
Symptoms of incomplete abortion a
 Vaginal Bleeding following amenorrhea 53 (100)
 Lower abdominal Pain 41 (77.4)
 Backache 5 (9.4)
Complications of incomplete abortion a
 Sepsis/infection 35 (66.0)
 Anemia 18 (40.0)
 Death 13 (24.5)
 Hypovolemic Shock 12 (22.6)
 Hemorrhage 10 (18.9)
 Asherman Syndrome/Infertility 7 (13.3)
Recommended surgical treatment for incomplete abortions
 Manual Vacuum Aspiration 53 (100)
 Curettage 0 (0)
  1. aSeveral possible answers