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Table 3 Study participants’ practice with MVA prior to the training sessions (n = 53)

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

Question Practice n (%)
How many times have you performed uterine evacuation?
 0 8 (15.1)
 1 3 (5.7)
 >3 39 (73.6)
 Not answered 3 (5.6)
Which method did you use the last time and why?
Curettage 32 (60.4)
 The method I prefer 4 (12.9)
 The method available 7 (22.6)
 The one I was told 4 (12.9)
 Othera 16 (51.6)
Manual Vacuum Aspiration 9 (17.0)
 The method I prefer 6 (40.0)
 The method available 0 (0.0)
 The one I was told 6 (40.0)
 Othera 3 (20.0)
Medical/Cytotec 0 (0.0)
Not answered 12 (22.6)
Is time a limiting factor when choosing treatment?
 Yes 29 (55.8)
 No 23 (44.2)
Is lack of equipment a problem?
 Yes 46 (86.8)
 No 7 (13.2)
  1. aOther factors given included safer, 2nd trimester, easier, and most familiar method