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Methods: The online survey was targeted at medical, nursing and midwifery staff working in the obstetrics and gynaecology units in each health trust in Northern Ireland. The survey was issued via clinical directors in each trust using the REDCAP platform.
Results: The findings showed widespread support for decriminalisation of abortion up until 24 weeks gestation (n=169, 54%). The majority of clinicians stated they were willing to provide abortions in certain circumstances (this was undefined) (n=188,60% medical abortions; n=157,50% surgical abortions). Despite regional variation in this, the results show that there are sufficient numbers of clinicians to provide a service within each Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust. Results indicate many clinicians who report a religious affiliation are also supportive of decriminalisation (n=46,51% Catholic; n=53,45% Protestant) and are willing to provide care, countering the assumption that those of faith would all raise conscientious objections to service provision.
Conclusions: The findings of this study are very encouraging for the development, implementation and delivery of local abortion care within HSC in Northern Ireland and should be of value to informing commissioners and providers in the design of a service model and its underpinning training programmes.
Fiona Bloomer (Participant)9 Nov 2020
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