Reproductive Health Services: Assessing the Safety and Quality of Abortion Care

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Women's Health
Boards: Board on Health Care Services, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

Since national legalization of abortion, a great deal of scientific research has been conducted on the safety and quality of legal abortion services in the United States. In December 2016, at the request of six private foundations, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine appointed an expert committee to conduct a comprehensive review of the state of the science. The committee examined a series of eight research questions related to the types of abortions that are appropriate to women’s different clinical circumstances; approaches to pain management; abortion’s short- and long-term physical and mental health effects on women; the characteristics and safeguards that clinical facilities require to safely provide abortion services; the skills, competencies, and types of clinicians who can safely perform abortions; and research gaps related to safety and quality of care. 

The report is available through this link, The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States, or through the link at the right of this page.

As of March 2016, the Health and Medicine Division continues the consensus studies and convening activities previously undertaken by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).


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