Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
 
Family Planning Perspectives
Volume 29, Number 5, September/October 1997

Training Family Practice Residents in Abortion and Other Reproductive Health Care: A Nationwide Survey

By Jody E. Steinauer, Teresa DePineres, Anne M. Robert, John Westfall and Philip Darney

The majority of residents responding to a 1995 survey of program directors and chief residents at 244 family medicine residency programs in the United States reported they had no clinical experience in cervical cap fitting, diaphragm fitting or IUD insertion and removal. For all family planning methods except oral contraceptives, no more than 24% of residents had experience with 10 or more patients. Although 29% of programs included first-trimester abortion training as either optional or routine, only 15% of chief residents had clinical experience providing first-trimester abortions. Five percent of residents stated they certainly or probably would provide abortions, while 65% of residents stated they certainly would not provide abortions. A majority (65%) of residents agreed that first-trimester abortion training should be optional within family practice residency programs. Residents were more likely to agree with inclusion of optional abortion training and with the appropriateness of providing abortions in family practice if their program offered the training.

(Family Planning Perspectives, 29:222-227, 1997)

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