Interventions for supporting women before and after elective termination of pregnancy
Nurses should play a key role in providing not only information on the physical aspect, but also the psychological/emotional aspects involved in having an abortion. The purpose of this review was to determine the appropriateness of nursing interventions to screen, counsel, and educate women pre- and post-abortion.
The online databases used to conduct this integrative review of research included CINAHL, Medline, Psychinfo, and Psycharticles. Articles selected were published between 1997 and 2009 in the English language. Key search terms included "abortion," "counseling," "education," "guilt," "anxiety," "coping," "perinatal loss," and "support." Eighteen studies were reviewed, revealing the lack of screening, education, and counseling for women both before and after abortion. The current two-weeks postabortion follow-ups do not take into account the long-term emotional effects of abortion which may include anxiety, guilt, shame, isolation, stigmatization, substance abuse, and suicide. Support from nurses, family, and support groups have shown to be effective interventions.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Dissertations, Academic -- Nursing;Nursing -- Dissertations, Academic
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Barry, Sarah A., "Interventions for supporting women before and after elective termination of pregnancy" (2010). HIM 1990-2015. 966.