The study provides a comprehensive picture of the abortion provider workforce in the United States

Efforts to determine the actual size and composition of the workforce of abortion providers in the United States often rely on surveys of limited scope or focus solely on abortion facilities. To get more complete pictures of the abortion provider workforce, researchers at George Washington University combed through a national medical claims dataset to examine the workforce providing abortion care and management of pregnancy loss.

The new study provides an important window into who provides abortion services in the United States, information that is critically important at a time when access to abortion care is restricted in many states.

The team also found that while most clinicians performing abortions were OB-GYNs, primary care physicians and advanced practice professionals also provided this essential service.

Increasing the number of primary care physicians and others, such as emergency physicians, who can provide abortion care would help improve access to these services, especially in underserved areas, the authorities said. researchers.

As abortion services continue to be restricted, there is a need to understand the workforce that performs these services. If providers stop performing abortions, there are likely to be ripple effects beyond abortion care in managing pregnancy loss and other comprehensive pregnancy care. »

Julia Strasser, Senior Researcher, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health

This study is part of a larger project at the GW Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity to create a comprehensive national data warehouse of the contraceptive and abortion provider workforce. This repository can help researchers understand who provides these services and the populations they serve, which can in turn inform targeted policies and programs that address unmet needs.


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Journal reference:

Strasser, J. et al. (2022) Workforce Providing Abortion Care and Pregnancy Loss Management in the United States. JAMA internal medicine.

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