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Women's health

Medical termination of pregnancy: the role of the GP

Rebecca South

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Abstract

With the PBS listing of medications for medical termination of pregnancy, there are likely to be increasing numbers of women requesting access to GP-led medical abortion care. GPs should be aware of the options for the management of an unintended pregnancy and possible post-termination complications and follow-up care.

Article Extract

In many countries, management of an unintended pregnancy is incorporated into primary health care. In Australia, GPs have often been bypassed in this process because most pregnancy terminations take place in private clinics where a referral is not required. However, with the PBS listing of medications for the medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP), GPs may see an increase in the number of women requesting access to GP-led management of an unintended pregnancy or post-termination follow up. 

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