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Título: Abortion counselling according to healthcare providers: A qualitative study in the Lisbon metropolitan area, Portugal
Autor: Beja, Vanda
Leal, Isabel Pereira
Palavras-chave: Abortion
Counselling
Healthcare providers
Portugal
Content analysis
Data: 2010
Editora: The European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health
Citação: The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 15, 326–335
Resumo: Objective To gain a deeper understanding of healthcare providers’ perceptions on the abortion counselling they provide and its usefulness. Method We conducted in-depth interviews with 16 healthcare providers working in the Lisbon metropolitan area. The interviews were then subjected to content analysis. Results We identified the following themes on abortion counselling description: receiving the woman and understanding her request; providing information; supporting decisionmaking; managing emotional and psychological issues; addressing contraception; managing third-party involvement; offering psychological counselling; informing about the State’s support and offering social counselling. All participants described counselling as useful but valued different aspects of it: information provision; addressing contraception to prevent future unplanned pregnancy/abortion; emotional support; decision-making support; addressing emotional issues beyond abortion; enticing women to seek healthcare in the future; preventing poor emotional post-abortion adjustment. Counselling was considered of no use to change the woman’s abortion decision. Conclusion The abortion counselling provided in Portugal is in tune with the latest literature on the subject, following a client-centred approach focused on the provision of information and emotional support. It can be improved, however, particularly in what concerns the staff’s communication and counselling skills. Further research is needed to improve the provision of abortion care in Portugal.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.12/2401
ISSN: 1362-5187
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