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Table 2 Comparison of the care provided by different staff categories at the time of emergency treatment to women with unsafe abortion (Cases = 171) and women with spontaneous abortion (SA-controls = 638)

From: Usual hospital care versus post-abortion care for women with unsafe abortion: a case control study from Sri Lanka

Care related to emergency treatment Ward staff category (%)*
  Ward doctor    Ward nurse  
Cases SA p value Cases SA p value
Prior to medical/surgical procedure       
• Spoke before initiating treatment 82.5 87.3 0.1 38.6 26.3 0.002
• Explained the current health status 60.2 77.7 0.001 23.5 19.6 0.3
• Opportunities given to clarify doubts 25.7 25.2 0.9 11.7 13.6 0.5
During and around the time of procedure       
• Explained the procedure 64.9 56.7 0.05 24.6 28.8 0.3
• Helped in understanding the procedure 46.8 45.3 0.7 20.5 25.7 0.2
• Opportunities given to clarify doubts 23.4 28.2 0.2 16.4 21.9 0.1
  1. *All percentages were calculated out of 171 in the unsafe abortion (cases) group and 638 in the spontaneous abortion (SA-controls) group.
  2. p value in bold print, if significant at 0.05 level.